Greek Mask Ritual on Mt. Clef
Professor Michael Arndt of the Theatre Arts Department and acting students in his upper division Acting Styles class trek to the top of Mt. CLEF as part of a class exercise in Greek Theatre.
Student actors, in preparation for a class performance of scenes from Greek classical theatre, build stylized masks for their characters. Greek theatre evolved from the worship of the god, Dionysius, a nature god associated with fertility. By connecting to the sun, wind, and the mountain top, the students experience some of the feelings that may have been felt by the ancient actors.
By ritualistically donning their masks and conducting activities to focus their thoughts on their characters, the students experience insights that contribute to their rehearsal and performance process.