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Elements of Drama. Elements of Drama. Acts and Scenes Cast of Characters Dialogue Plot Setting Stage Directions Theme. Acts and Scenes. Acts – a plays main parts (usually 5) Scene – a smaller part of an act (setting usually changes). Cast of Characters.

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Elements of Drama
  • Acts and Scenes
  • Cast of Characters
  • Dialogue
  • Plot
  • Setting
  • Stage Directions
  • Theme
acts and scenes
Acts and Scenes
  • Acts – a plays main parts (usually 5)
  • Scene – a smaller part of an act (setting usually changes)
cast of characters
Cast of Characters
  • A list of the plays characters. Sometimes there will be a description of the character

Characters:

Narrator/Beth Ralph

Mother Ollie

Father Claude

Charlie Mrs. Wendleken

Imogene Leroy

Alice

dialogue
Dialogue
  • The talking or conversation between characters. A speech tag shows who is speaking.
  • Dialogue reveals the plot and theme of the play.
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Plot
  • The action of the play (series of events).
    • Exposition – begins the play (characters and setting are introduced), problem introduced
    • Rising Action – problem gets worse
    • Climax – a point of high tension
    • Falling Action – the conflict starts to resolve
    • Resolution – the ending is explained; the outcome is decided
setting
Setting
  • Place and time in which the play takes place; stage directions will name/describe the setting
stage directions
Stage Directions
  • Tell how a play should be performed
    • List of characters, props, costumes
    • Descriptions of settings, lighting, music, sound
    • Details on how the actors should move, speak, behave
theme
Theme
  • The author’s statement about life
    • What is the big idea of the play???