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Ariane Ivanier

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Transcript of Melodrama

Basic Story
As Mr. Warren and Ms.Weeks taught us in class, all Melodrama's follow the same basic plot and storyline.

The heroine is in some sort of danger, due to something the villain has done and the hero must save her.

Within the melodrama there are many more details that create humor and drama. This is what drew the attention of the audience.
Nature & Principles of the Acting
There are many things in Melodramas that stay consistent, and one of those is obviously the need to make things dramatic. However, the way to do this was quite specific. Actors would have to make sure many things such as, stance, facial expressions, speech, and many more things were done in a specific manner to make sure the audience understood the emotion and character they were trying to display.

Some of the basic things they would have to do was just display all of their emotion in such an over exaggerated way that showed actors displaying regular emotions however to much higher extreme to the audience. This would involve large gestures with their arms when they were talking, or walking around the stage with such gusto and over exaggerated steps.

These are some of the examples of emotions that melodramatic actors will convey throughout pieces. Each of these have very specific gestures. Meaning in the description of each emotion it explains the exact stance of the emotion. From where the feet should be, to how the fingers should be bent. It is specific to make sure the actors stuck to what audience came to see, because that was quite important to them.

Tableux Vivant
Mr. Warren and Ms. Weeks taught us that tableux vivant, meaning a picture that is alive, in melodrama was something that would take place at the end of a scene or at the end of the whole piece. The actors would freeze in their spot, in the middle of some sort of action, and the tableaux vivant would capture the final moment and bring it to life.
Melodrama Scenarios
As I said before, melodrama's follow the same basic plot. There is always a villain who has some evil plan. This evil plan is him kidnapping, plotting to kill, attempt at murder... That is always centered around the heroince. Which is how she gets her title "Damsel in Distress". She is quie girly and is completely useless at saving herself. This is either somehow foiled due to a comedic mess up by his accomplice and/or the hero jumps in just in time to save the heroine who he is in love with. It ends with a fight between the hero and villain, always ending with the hero having won and the villain either dead or banished. The entire thing ends with a tableau vivant, probably showing the hero and heroine happy and the villain and his accomplice in despair.
What is Melodrama?
Melodrama is a piece that has greatly displayed emotions that are over dramaticized. Typically the plot is exaggerated and emphasized in order to create a lot of action.
History of Melodrama
Melodrama was created in France in the late 18th century and early 19th century. Melodramas were created to show the story that was generally centered around a couple and were meant to be quite romantic. They also were known for using music to enforce the action.

How to Die on Stage
We learned in class about dying on stage. And according to Mr. Warren, when dying on stage in these performances it has to be so overdramaticized to the point that the death is almost no longer sad, and is just comedic. It is one of the most dramatic parts of the melodrama. The character who is dying generally grabs the part of their body that has caused them to die (ex: the chest after being stabbed) and then will either fall dramatically, or will run a bit around before doing so. The character also can talk a lot and make very loud noises while dying. Dying on stage in melodrama, can take quite a while.
Rules of Acting & Conveying Emotion (Tableaux Vivant)
Stock Characters
There tends to be 6 characters that are consistently in every Melodrama. They all have quite basic personalities, mostly based on stereotypes. They may be portrayed differently depending on the piece, but the basic idea of the character is the same.

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The Hero
He is is someone who is supposed to be the picture of “good”. He is courageous, manly, and handsome. He will do whatever it takes to save the heroine and beat the villain even if it puts him in a position of danger.

They are basically portrayed who is stereotypical evil. Very unjust, greedy, selfish, and the need to hurt the hero in any way.
The Heroine
She is very pretty and is quite often the “damsel in distress” and needs to be saved by the hero. However she can still be brave.
The Villain's Accomplice
This person is someone who is not necessarily bad but he will do whatever the villain tells him. He is also typically played as somewhat stupid and is comic relief for the audience.

The Elder
This person tends to be the person either accompanying the heroine or giving wise advice to the hero.
The Hero’s Servant
He is quite similar to the the villain’s accomplice. He helps the hero, and will do anything for him. He also can be comic relief for the audience but not through being an “idiotic” character.
The hero tends to walk around stage quite flamboyantly. He is quite manly and wants to show that through movement. Therefore his chest will be puffed out and he will walk with superiority to show everyone in the audience that he is the brave and strong hero. He will also show this using his voice. His voice will have to be strong and proud. And like the rest of the characters in melodrama he would speak loudly and enunciate a lot. The hero has quite a good status, people will respect him. His relationship within the Melodrama is that he is likely in love with the heroine and has a hatred for the villain.
Character Traits
The heroine’s movement is distinctly different than the hero’s. She moves with a lot of grace and elegance. She uses movement to display to the audience how feminine she is. Voice as well, while she is still over dramatic her voice will be distinctly more high pitched than the hero’s. Her voice will be quite girlish and comforting. Something that her and the hero have in common is her status is very. She displays this by having her head held high throughout the piece. She is also almost always in love with the hero.

Character Traits
The villain’s movements are much more hunched over and sneaky. He walks on stage using his body and gestures to show how he is plotting or up to no good. For example he’ll put his hands together and do an evil. His voice will also display this through a quite sly, low voice. He also speaks slowly. The villain’s status is not necessarily low but it is not as high up as the hero’s or heroines. It tends to be in the middle.

Character Traits
Character Trait's
His movements are always over the top and completely ridiculous. He uses his entire body to show what an idiotic kind of character he is. This means taking large steps, hunching his body and displaying clownish and stupidity in a very stereotypical manner. His voice is slow and sometimes will have distinct features in it that will cause the audience to laugh. For example: a ridiculous accent. This accomplice is quite low in status, this is why he works for the villain, he really has no other choice. He will have gags throughout the melodrama. This means that in a scene that is meant to be serious, the villain's accomplice will mess something up which will cause comedic relief.

Character Traits
The hero’s servant walks with more pride than The Villain’s Accomplice, but he is still quite awkward and clumsy to aid with the comedic effect. He portrays all of this through gestures. He generally has a voice that is quite high pitched and ridiculous, he is a character that is not to be taken seriously. He is constantly following the hero and has quite a low status.
The hero’s servant walks with more pride than The Villain’s Accomplice, but he is still quite awkward and clumsy to aid with the comedic effect. He portrays all of this through gestures. He generally has a voice that is quite high pitched and ridiculous, he is a character that is not to be taken seriously. He is constantly following the hero and has quite a low status.

Character Traits
He walks slowly and with a lot that displays the fact that the character is old. For example, hunched forwards, hand to back, wobbling a little... He or she can have comedic effect. Sometimes the elder person is used to create an amusing gag, but that is not the point of character. They are typically slow speakers. And their voices will be low and a little croaky and shaky.

Music in Melodrama
Melodrama had a very specific type of music. It involved a lot of orchestra and even sometimes voiced. It tended to be quite Victorian, to stick to something that is classic and what the audience came to see.

The music was really there to help move the action along, and to create more tension and inforce the emotions the actors were shown with the aid of music.

Music will play while two people are talking, while someone is chasing someone, to show that 2 people were in love... It was just important that the music helped move the piece along, not ake over it.
Influences Melodrama Had
Melodrama has had a great influence on many things. For one thing, silent movies. Because of the fact that silent movies were silent they would use melodrama to show the emotion they couldn't show with speech

Melodrama has also influenced things from the modern day. For example soap opera take a lot of their dramatic inspiration from pieces like Melodrama's.
Work Cited
(Village Soup)
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(Toy Theatre)
(Sinarms World Academy)
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(Bridgeman Images)
By Ariane Ivanier
What Influenced Melodrama
Many theatre practices inspired Melodrama, but 3 of the main ones, are the ones that truly began the entire idea of melodrama.

Greek Theatre - This was said to be the "father of melodrama" they were quite similar. Greek theatre was centered more around tradgedy, however people were still worried that the audiences wouldn't see the difference between greek theatre and melodrama, this is how melodrama evolved to add the comedia.

Comedia and Romanticism - They were both different types of theatre before Melodrama. Each had their own storyline and their own conventions, Melodrama found a way to make a story that had comedia as well as Romanticism in it.
Melodrama was the first type of theatre to have such specifics. A very specific way for actors to stand, actors to speak, actors to move. Every little detail written out.

Audiences became very picky when it came to watching a melodramatic piece. They would become very angry if an actor changed something that was "melodrama tradition". They would boo and throw things at the actor.
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