Acting Style In Drama

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When we speak of style, we are generally referring to the genre of the presentation, e.g., drama, comedy, suspense, tragedy, etc. For the style of acting normally follows the genre of the play: drama being portrayed in a dramatic style, comedy in a comedic style, etc. Style is also called the acting key, dramatic key, or sometimes the mood or tone.

The choice of style is an important one, as it is the culmination of many other dramatic choices. Without a consistent acting style, the portrayal may confuse the audience and create uncertainty about how they respond. It is thus a critical part the actor 's craft, knowing how to perform in a number of acting styles.

Let 's begin by defining style. Style is the selection and arrangement of
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Worthiness is another dimension of intentions. In drama, the tendency is toward strong worthy goals such as excellence, justice, dignity, virtue, and honor. These goals are highly motivated and meaningful. These intentions are not always readable at first glance and at times unfold slowly, all of which pulls the audience into a deeper state of concentration and involvement.

In comedy, intentions tend to be more apparent and obvious, as they are more simplistic and external. While meaningful, intentions in comedy do not always support scrutiny by the audience. They are meant to facilitate swift story movement toward humorous surprises. To compensate for lesser worth, intention are played with considerable enthusiasm and pursued vigorously.

Behavioral attitudes also differ according to style. In comedy, behavior, emotions, and intentions have a more affirmative, positive attitude whereas in drama, these elements cover a wider range from darkest tragedy to bright joyous discoveries.

Another factor is the source of intentions. In comedy, intentions surface more from the text of the play (what is written). However, in drama, subtext (what is implied) is more evident as the
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If the play is a farce, then the serious moments in farce must be shaded toward the style of farce. It must be earnest and solemn, but with a potential for levity. Conversely, if you are doing tragedy and your character has a funny line, it must be respectful to that tragedy.

Explore all styles, not just the ones I have mentioned here. There are other styles and genres with which you should be familiar. Observe in viewing plays, movies, and TV, the stylistic choices made by other actors. Did they work? If they did, write them down. Think about them and make them a natural part of your craft through conscientious study. The craft of good acting is making and implementing choices. Knowing what to do, knowing how to do it, and knowing how to do it well.

The limits to which you extend the elements of style will depend on your abilities as an actor. As you progress and perfect your craft, you will find the stylistic principles and guidelines outlined here will give you better control of the story, your character, and the
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