Drama: Comedy Timeline

Ancient Comedy (Greek) 

Ancient Greek comedy was a very popular form of theatre performed across ancient Greece from the 6th Century BCE. Aristophanes and Menander was the most famous playwrights of the genre. The contemporaries made fun of politicians, philosophers, and fellow artists. The plays give an indirect but invaluable insight into Greek society in and provide details on legal systems, education, and more. The creative play also reveals the identity of the audience and show what the Greeks’ sense of humor was like.

Ancient Greek Comedy

Medieval Comics

The middle ages are often referred to the time after the fall of Roman Empire to the rise of the renaissance in Italy. Modern European countries began to solidify their cultural and ethnic identities during this extensive time period that saw the and fall of the Crusades, Carolingian Empire, and the Reformation. A Jester is a professional clown employed to entertain the King or nobleman during these time periods. A Jester can also be referred to as a fool, buffoon or clown. Because there are many similarities between the medieval jesters and the modern circus clown, they are often compared with each other. The medieval Jesters had the privileges which were not afforded to many other people at court. The court Jester was one of the few characters in the court who could freely speak their mind without causing offence and somebody who could humor to mock, and joke about the lord.

Court Jesters

Renaissance Comics

From 1400 AD to 1600 AD, there was a burst of innovative technology, extraordinary pieces of artwork, exploration, trading and beautiful music. During the Renaissance, comedies meant something different from what they currently mean today. Many people think of modern comedy as funny. However, comedies in the Renaissance meant a play having a happy ending. Though comedies do not have to be funny, all have the potential to be. Characters in Shakespeare’s comedies sometimes embarrass themselves during the play. Shakespearean comedies are made of many characteristics. They aided the process of rebirth of entertainment during the Renaissance. Some modern comedies are based upon Shakespeare’s brilliant plays. Even today, his plays are still very popular across the world. Shakespeare truly was a great playwright of his time and his comedies live on to tell the tale.

Shakespeare

Melodramatic Comics

Melodrama is a type of theatre distinguished by exaggerated movements, plots and characters. The characters are usually the stereotypical portrayals of people. Mostly the characters are stock characters. These characters are stereotypical and contain: the hero, the damsel and the villain.

Melodrama

Circus Comics

Circus is a performance of acrobatics, comedy, and equestrian, which has existed since 18th Century. Ancient clowns did exist but not known as clowns. The word clown was not used until the 16th century. These are some of the basic types of clowns, the white face clown, the auguste and the character clown. Circus clowns tend to perform gags. As the people that watch and enjoyed circus clowns increased, more types of circus comedy and clowns were born.

Clown

Cinematic Comics

The silent period was around from 1896 to 1929. After 1900, film became a more middle-class phenomenon, as film makers exploited film’s story telling. From 1907 ~ 1913, many production companies moved from New York City to Los Angeles to take advantages of the warm weather. This made Hollywood a very famous place.

MLA Format Bibilography

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“English Renaissance Theatre.” New World Encyclopedia. New World Encyclopedia, n.d. Web. 02 June 2016.
“Film History: Silent Period (1895–1929).” Spark Notes. SparkNotes LLC, n.d. Web. 02 June 2016.
“Interesting Information About The Jester.” HubPages. HubPages, 2 Mar. 2012. Web. 06 June 2016.
“Medieval Jesters.” Medieval Jesters. Medieval Jesters, n.d. Web. 2 June 2016.
“Terms & Themes.” Terms & Themes. University of Houston Clear Lake, n.d. Web. 02 June 2016.

 

Elevator Scene Reflection || Drama

Recently, in drama class we have been working on characterization and stereotypes. This has been a big unit and we recently finished a skit which was a setting in a shopping mall that we were trapped in a elevator for about 3 minutes and we had to develop a characters social status or attitude. Our setting was in a shopping mall. In our group we had Jaemin as the shop worker, George as the child and Alex as the father, and I was a college student that was shopping.  I think our group worked very well but sometimes it was hard to concentrate as a group and work and not joke around.

Our group used stereotypes to raise/drop (develop) social status. For example, at first I was sassy and was at a high social status but, after I met one of the people I know in the elevator which was the child’s father that works at apple (Alex) and I became more friendly and didn’t bother to say sarcastic mean things to others. Through out the scene, I used vocal delivery and attitude to act out the sassy and selfish of my character by raising my voice and acting annoyed when the child (George) talked and asked me questions. My character mainly developed and had a better attitude in the end of the scene and this was influenced when I met one of the people I know (Alex) and when the elevator opened.

I think we all did well and we tried our best. But most of the times, we couldn’t focus and were distracted most of the times when we gathered up to practice the scene. I thought we could improve more on developing attitudes, vocal delivery, status and stereotypes for some characters. For example, I thought we should’ve developed Alex’s character because he only changed emotions (when he got angry at Jaemin) and some part of his attitude towards my character. I also thought that we could’ve worked more on not facing our backs to the audience because at sometimes, George and Alex had there back facing towards the audience that were watching from the corner.

8C Drama: Elevator Scene3 from YIS Arts on Vimeo.

Stereotypes & Characters || Drama

Recently in Drama class, we have been working on stereotypes and characterization.

Stereotypes is a particular type of person or a thing that individuals came together. Stereotypes are Almost every culture, For example stereotypes can be Gender, Race, Social Status, and Education. If it was a stereotypes of gender, it can mean that Man are strong (most of the time) and do all the work. Women do the house work (cooking, washing clothes, cleaning the house etc…). Stereotypes are useful when you are researching something, acting someone or something in a play.

It is also not relevant to ‘judge a book by its cover because, it means that its only judged by their appearance not including the most important part which is the inside and what it contains. For example, if a camera is visually appealing many people will think that the camera has great quality. But it might have the worst quality and won’t be useful. It is important to seek the importance in the inside and not the outside.

 

 

Important Person Speech Reflection

(I have forgotten to post this! I’m really Sorry)

Recently in Drama Class we have been working on “Speeches”. In this Speech, we had to pick a Important person in my life and do a Speech. Some people might think this was a easy task. But actually it was quite hard to pick one important person in my life and to do the Speech. I have picked my Mom.

This is my Speech.

 

My best skill was that I had a good pace when I was talking. Because, everyone could understand what I was saying. If I had a fast/slow pace, it will be hard for the audience to understand what I am saying.

I should improve on content. Because, my Speech was only about 1 minute. I could of made it a little bit longer. And I could of made it more detailed.

Here is a Speech that I appealed to me.

 

I think her best skills were that she had modulation. Because, she always had good pitch, pace and volume.

She should improve on facial expression because, she never smiled in her speech.

Movie Trailer Reflection

Lately in Drama Class, we have been creating a Audio Movie trailer. In my group their were 4 people. (Me, Hana C, James and Qurijin.) We had a fun time making it. We had to pick a genre, and we picked “Mystery”. I’ve done the editing so, I am not in the Trailer (My voice is not in).

This is our Audio Movie Trailer.

 

This is our Script.

I think our success in the Audio Movie Trailer was that we had a great script that was attractive to people (audience). Because, if it wasn’t attractive no one would go to see the Movie.

I think our point we had to improve was about the Recording. Because, when we were recording, we recorded with the Music and the Voice. So I thought that it was kind of strange when you hear it.

By working on this project, I learned how to make a interesting Audio Movie Trailer.

My Practice Passion Speech- Pets in Shelters

Lately in Drama Class, we have been doing a project on Speeches. So me and our class made a practice speech.

 

My Best Skill in this Video was that I didn’t fidget while I was talking. Because, if I fidgeted to the audience it would look like I didn’t want to do this speech and it looks like I am not focusing.

I should improve on remembering the Numbers I said. Because, if I did not remember the Numbers, it will not be a good impact of me to the audience if I did a speech in front of lots of audience.

And this is one of my friends that appealed to me.

 

She did a Passion Speech on “Hamsters”. This is her BLOG POST!

I think her best skill was that she explained well why she thinks that is true. For example, when she said “When looking for the Hamster in the Cage is Fun too” and After that she said “Because, it sometimes Hides in.” So it is good to explain why you think so.

I think she could improve on not saying filling out words. For example, “Umm..”. Because, if she says the filling out words all the time in her speech the it will give the audience a bad impact that she could not remember her speech.

 

Improv Tournament

For this few Months, we have been doing a unit of “Offer and Accept”, and we got in groups and did a Tournament which is called “Improv Tournament”. We did 3 games. “Die Story Die”, “Expert Double Figures” and “Statues”.

“Die Story Die” is where their is one person who is the Conductor then their are 3-5 people who tells the story. This was not really my favorite game.

“Expert Double Figures” is a game where you have 2 people who is talking and 2 people who are doing the hands. This was my favorite activity!

“Statues” is where you have about 8-10 people in total. In this game, if you have 10 people, five of the each people will make one person in to statue. Then people will have to make a story with the “Statue” you are set by.

And this is my favorite video!

from YIS Arts on Vimeo.

If I was to grade myself, I will give myself a 5 in Knowledge and Understanding (Criteria A), and in Application (Criteria B), I will give myself a  6. In Reflection (Criteria C) I will give myself a 4, and I will give myself a 5 in Artistic Awareness and Personal Engagement (Criteria D).

I used offer and accept by making the right Hand movement when another Character offered me. But this time in “Expert Double Figures” I was a person who was doing the hand movement so I didn’t really offer. But I did accept and made a story with my Hand Movement.

I would improve my performance by trying not to show my head, and try to hide my head behind my partner I am working with, and I think that is the same with everyone else in my group. Because, everybody could see our heads popping out from behind our partners.

I would use the skill “Hand Movement” for good explanation in a performance.