Course Description for Theater Appreciation
This course is for students interested in understanding and appreciating one of the oldest art forms in the world. For thousands of years, humans have put on masks and adopted personas and behaved as if they were different from the people they are. Why? Why have they felt the need to pretend to be who they are not, to express feelings that are not really their own, and to direct their bodies to act out stories in front of spectators, stories in which they come into conflict with others? In order to address these and related questions, students will read plays, analyze scripts, and attend and write about local productions. They may also complete a group project in a live theater. No acting experience is required. The course can be applied to Category C for non-applied fine arts General Education credit.