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Characters, Actors, Crew and their Responsibilities

Characters, Actors, Crew and their Responsibilities

Drama or plays are written as lines of dialogue in the form of script, different from the technique of paragraphs used in a novel or short story.

Stage directions

The stage directions which are written as notes on italics or parentheses, help actors interpret scenes for the audience. Each act is subdivided into scenes or smaller divisions within the act. The stage direction are further provided information on what the stage should like, instruct the actors or characters where or how to move or dance.

Character and actors

In a drama production, before the dialogue in a script will be engaged in, the playwright will often present a cast of characters. Each character both major and minor is listed with a brief narration of the character’s role in the story.

Theatres, drama crew and its responsibilities

  1. Theatre: theatre is a branch of performing arts that presents the platform in which written or unwritten arts are acted out in front of an audience through the combination of dialogue, action, speeches, music, gesture, dance, sound and spectators. Theatre can also be a permanent building dedicated for theatrical activities with adequate space and facilities for it to be operational

School /community theatre: it breathes life into a school or a community. This platform allows students or community members to explore art by stepping outside themselves into a new world or set live experiences.

School theatre is effective for the following reasons;

  • It builds boldness and self-confidence of the students
  • It builds and encourages friendship within the students
  • It develops communication skills within students
  • It promotes teamwork
  • It encourages hard work amongst students
  • It promotes creative thinking and spontaneity among participants
  • It helps students to learn conflict resolution
  • It helps participants to develop in project management and management of time
  • It also helps the students to learn project discipline.
  1. Drama crew: a drama crew is a group of people with a variety of adequate and applicable skills or know how to work together for the production of a work of art.
  2. Producer: the producer oversees the overall production. He/she takes the responsibility in the content, the substance delivered and general attitude and welfare of the crew.
  3. Director: the director has overall responsibility for the artiste side of the production and liaises closely with other members of the production team or crew.
  4. Musical director/vocal coach: he is in charge of selecting relevant music for a film’s production.
  5. Stage manager: he/she is responsible for everything that happens on a stage, from making sure the casts are on the stage when they should, with the right scene in place.
  6. Make-up artist: he/she gets the actors ready for their role either by complementing the actor’s facial characteristics or disguising them.
  7. Property manager: the property manager works with the list of items required for the production.
  8. Choreographer
  9. Light engineer
  10. Sound technician
  11. Costume designer

Actors and their responsibilities

  1. They put flesh and blood on the characters they portray by memorizing lines and actions stipulated on the script.
  2. They represent the face or image of the production since it is rare for the public to see the scriptwriter, producer or director.
  3. They research characters in the age of time in age, geographical and cultural influence as it relates to the characters.
  4. They may work as models to promote a brand or product.
  5. They can provide voice over for commercials, documentaries, cartoons and talking books.
  6. They use actions through body language and movement to communicate with the audience.

Kinds of drama

  1. Tragedy: this can be defined as a serious drama or play with a sad ending, mostly involving the ruin of leading characters.
  2. Comedy: comedy is a much lighter drama or plays that is primarily intended to be funny.
  3. Tragi-comedy
  4. Masques
  5. Melodrama
  6. Dance drama
  7. Problem play
  8. Music drama


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