A Chorus Line" musical

| January 25, 2014

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Your assignment is to write an original essay (750 ? 2000 words, which is about 3 to eight double-spaced pages, plus a Works Cited page) on the final live production you saw this semester, A Chorus Line. You have previously written two deconstructed essays employing the terms and ideas of the course. For this assignment, you will retain the major elements of the previous papers but create a more fluid essay.
The audience for this paper is an educated theater-goer who wants to know about this production specifically. Your content should describe your experience going to this production. It should analyze and interpret what this production was about, and discuss how the many elements we have learned about over the course of the semester contributed to the overall achievement of the production. Finally, you will evaluate the performance based on what you know about the theater, and describe the relevance of the production. Some ideas you might explore in the last section of your essay are the social and human significance of the work, the artistic quality of the production, the way in which it is revelatory about art and theater itself, and the entertainment value of this performance.
The paper should be in essay form, not a series of answers to questions, but should incorporate all this information in the following required structure:
The Opening Paragraph ? Overview
1. A terrific thesis statement.
2. The name of the play (Chorus Line), properly formatted in italics, along with the name of the author (Music by Marvin Hamlisch, lyrics by Edward Kleban, book by James Kirkwood Jr. and Nicholas Dante).
3. The name of the theater where you saw the performance(College of Liberal), the date on which you saw the performance(december), your seat number (sec: right row:j seat:8), the approximate cost of your seat (6$), and notes about anyone who attended the play with you(went alone) . Briefly characterize the audience for the play on the evening you saw it demographically.
4. A short statement about any important historic facts about the play that would be helpful in discussing it, using terminology and concepts from the appropriate chapter of the textbook. Such facts might include when the play was written, the theatrical movement (such as realism, expressionism, meta-theater, etc.) to which it belongs, original language if not written in English, etc. Be sure to cite any sources you consult to discover this information, including the production program for the performance. FOR THIS, AND ALL SECTIONS OF THIS PAPER, PLACE TERMINOLOGY FROM THE TEXT IN BOLD FACE TYPE TO IDENTIFY VOCABULARY YOU HAVE MASTERED IN THIS COURSE.
Second Section ? The Text – two to three paragraphs
4. In a short sentence identify the duration and genre of the play. In a second sentence, using terms and ideas from the ?timeline? section of Chapter Two, discuss any interesting aspects of the structure of the play.
5. Very briefly, using the same pattern you used for the first two reports, recount the plot of the play. This should take no more than one concise paragraph. It is not the bulk of your report and you will be penalized for devoting excessive space to it.
6. In a single sentence, no more, summarize the theme of the play.
7. Discuss any interesting aspects of the ?diction? and ?music? of the play, in the sense of the Aristotelian elements. Since you attend a musical you will want to incorporate information from our unit on Musical Theatre into your report, so be sure to read and assimilate that chapter before writing your final draft.
8. In a single, concise, grammatically-correct sentence per aspect cited, employing one or more terms from the "qualities of a fine play" section of your text, describe the strengths of the text.
Third Section ? The Director and the Performers ? one to three pages
9. In a concise unit, describe what was interesting about the performances of the actors, applying terms and concepts from your text’s acting chapter. Make sure you use the actors? names when discussing their choices and skills, and the characters? names when discussing the action of the play. In early reports the greatest flaw in discussing acting was generalizing and judging, (?The actors were really good? or really bad?) instead of observing and describing. Be specific. Give examples of exact moments and detailed performance choices to back up any generalization you make.
10. Direction can be both difficult to "see" in a finished performance, and hard to write about. Cohen suggests that one way to articulate the outcome of a director’s central task of conceptualizing a play is to state the concept of the play as a tagline. Using this approach, in a single, concise and grammatically-correct sentence in some manner which identifies the director, state the concept of the play as a tagline.
Fourth Section ? The Visual Elements ? one to three pages
11. Using vocabulary from the Designers and Technicians chapter discuss the staging format, and the design of lights, costumes, sets, sound and make-up. This section of your report should be thorough, dedicating a concise paragraph to each topic. In early reports the greatest flaw covering these topics was generalizing and judging, (?The costumes were awesome?) instead of observing and describing. Be specific.
Final Section ? The Big Picture ? one paragraph to one page
12. This is where you talk about one, some or all of the following: the social and human significance of the work, the artistic quality, the way in which it is revelatory about art and theater itself, and/or the entertainment value of this production.
13. In a conclusion, summarize the main points presented in the body of your essay and finish with a statement about the overall experience, including the quality or worth of the production as measured by the standards we have learned about in the class. This should not be merely subjective and personal, but an educated assessment.
14. Attach a Works Cited page, as always, using MLA format.
The name and characters information, i am getting from booklet that has been passed out. you can cite it as booklet
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