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Masked Theatre

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Miguel Suarez y Gonzalez

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Transcript of Masked Theatre

Stage and props
History
Characters
The Masks
Influence
History:
Stages were temporary outdoor structures

Masked theatre

Based on the interaction of traditional stock characters and improvisation

Early Renaissance

Attract attention

Physical and acrobatic

Troupes and companies

Established Comedy as its own genre

Female roles played by women
The Masks
The characters mocked the church a little.
Commedia dell'arte
Masked Theatre
Miguel Suarez y Gonzalez
Stage and Props
Most characters wore
masks

Made of coloured
leather
Made of coloured leather

Still handcrafted in Italy,
this art is called
carnacialesca
Influence
The Church and the Vatican became less powerful
Influenced Shakespeare's plays.
Slapstick comedy.
Language was no border, used mime and grammelot.


Used masks as a way to express themselves.


Spread all across Europe, influencing French acting.


Some of the oldest characters still played today.


They include: Arlecchino, Columbina, Pantalone, Il Dottore and Il Capitano.


Performed in streets and markets.
Great use made of props
Animals, food, weapons...
Arlecchino carried two sticks tied together,
made great noise on impact.
Created 'Slapstick'
Characters
Magnifico
The master
Old man
Very rich
Most of the servants work for him
Looks down on everyone else

First Actor
This is one of the lovers
Not always played
Wears no mask
Intelligent and quite rich
First actress
Also on of the lovers
Not always played
Wears no mask either
She is beautiful
Columbina
She is the center of the story
Everyone fights for her
She is probably the most sensible character
She is a very beautiful woman
Il Dottore
He is the dumb one
Always brags of his abilities
Never really saves someone
He is driven by Columbina
Often father of one of the lovers
Il Capitano
The captain is always boasting
A coward
He is also driven by Columbina
He was once a Spanish captain
Pantalone
He is the old man
He is driven by money and food
Also loves Columbina
He is the master of some of the sevants
Always walks slowly as he is old
Brighella
He is one of the servants
He wants everything to be perfect
He is driven mad by Arlecchino
He is one of the Zanni
Arlecchino
The center of a mischief
Also one of the Zanni
He is always causing trouble
He loves Columbina as well
The main character
Zanni
Not one, but three people
The Pig, Bird and Monkey
The servants are often referred to as the Zanni
Pedrolino is the third Zanni
Given as a name to the unidentified character
Thank you
for watching
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http://www.shane-arts.com/commedia-stock-characters.htm


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