The aim of this course is to provide the student with an understanding of ways in which Shakespearean (and occasionally non-Shakespearean) texts are realized in production, enhancing the student's appreciation of plays not only as literature but also as performance events. The course is structured around (but not confined to) productions offered by the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival, a professional repertory company based in High Point, North Carolina. Students read and analyze the plays, watch videotapes of productions (when possible), make their own proposals for production concepts involving set, lighting, costume, and other choices, and then attend live performances where they may have the opportunity to discuss the plays with the actors and directors. Finally, they critique production choices in class and offer their own suggestions for hypothetical productions. Students may also have the option of performing scenes from the plays they study and attend. There is a fee to cover the cost of theatre tickets.
This course may be repeated for credit.
Triad: Artistic Expression (Partial fulfillment)