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Theatre 10 - Melodrama

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Sophie al Mutawaly

on 28 March 2013

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Melodrama Sophie al Mutawaly There are different facial expressions that were traditional to the Melodramatic style which would show certain emotions.

Fear - face turned to the side with a hand near their mouth. The actor would usually look pale and be wide eyed.
Love - stuck out chest, constant smile, hand on chest (man), hands together and to the side of the face, creating the S shape (woman)
Horror - mouth open wide, wide eyed, with hands on cheeks
Evil - hands rubbing together, looks around stage, raised eyebrows
Pride - wide base (balanced - maybe shoulder width apart), stuck out chest hands on hips
Anger - hands make fists, raised arms to the height of the actors hips The qualities that a Melodramatic play used back in the 19th century is still used today in movies.

The modern day equivalent to Melodrama is the Soap Opera.
The Storyline of a Melodrama In a melodramatic play the "Characters never change their moral ground in a story as a clear distinction between benevolence and malevolence."
(wisegeek) Narrative Tableau This is the final image that the actors create at the end of the show. All actors are on stage and pose to leave a final impression for the audience.

No movements or dialogue is done during the narrative tableau. The start of Melodrama In the early 18th century theater was only meant for the upper class. However once the Industrial Revolution began, more relevance was put on the working class. Therefore the working class became a more important part of the society and so theater also started to have a relevance for the working class.
Two adaptations theater made for the working class:
1) Simplistic language, ideas and concepts. They wanted theater they could understand.
2) Movements the actors did had to be large and clear, because the places that the working class could see theater was not in a large grand theater but a foggy, smokey, run-down area.
During the time of early melodramas there were a lot of nautical ideas (characters include naval officers), because at the time in real live the navy was very important Physical expressions and poses of Melodrama The hero: Always stands with one foot forward and he adopts the teapot stance. He stands with his chest out and takes strong confident steps.
The heroin: She always creates and S shape with her body, to show off her curves. The heroin flutters across the stage and takes small quick steps, much like a ballerina.
The villain: Sometimes also adopts the teapot stance, but he has a sneaky side and will often have his cape in front of his face and/or a mustache to play with.
The sidekick: often plays with his fingers and is very cat like. he pants a lot and is very jumpy in all his actions. Often portrayed as dumb. Basic Information Facial Expressions and emotions Modern Equivalent to Melodrama Melodrama
Brief History 1. Melodrama is a style of theater which was created in the 19th century.
2. The word derives from the greek word "Melos" (music) and the french word "Drame" (drama)
So: theater with music
3. Movements and face expressions are very exaggerated
4. Typical characters include the hero (strong and fearless), the heroine (beautiful and the hero's love), the villain (usually likes the heroine) and the villain's sidekick (is supposed to help the villain but usually gets in his way) ...instantly became the dominant Western style of theater for a century to come
Rene de Pixerecourt He was a French playwright and theatre director
Born: January 22, 1773 in Nancy France
Died: July 27, 1844 in Nancy France
Best known for: the modern melodramas he wrote for example The Dog of Montarges
- He himself lived a melodramatic lifestyle, so he could use a lot of his personal experiences to make his melodramas great.
- He incorporated elements such as orchestras and - - Many of his plays added new elements, such as orchestras and effects so that they could be even more dramatic and over the top than they already were. Some images: Works Cited: Melodrama...
...developed into a style of theater in the 19th century in France
The French playwright Rene de Pixerecourt was a large part of the development.
After the style became so popular, thousands of plays were written in this style.
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