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Transcript of Modern Theatre
Molly Pickert and Max Peterson Modern Theatre Physical Look Audience Inclusion Popular Plays Costumes Acting Styles Makeup Sets and Special Effects Theatres were often very large and could hold many people. The stage is put in the center with the audience usually in the front and on the sides of the stage, but rarely behind. Some theatres, for example, the Cockpit theatre in London is what they call a round theatre, where the audience is all around the stage so there are views on every side. Sometimes the audience can be way above the actual stage in boxes, but that is mostly for VIP access. Other than that generally the audience chairs are set up on the sides and in front of the main stage. In many shows, such as "The Lion King" actors enter through the house entrances, enticing the audience and drawing their attention. In some low-key, casual, off-Broadway shows, the actors or actresses may even call spectators up on stage to participate in the production. However, this is very rare in Broadway. Whether or not the audience is literally in the production or not, modern theatre has a way of captivating an audience, no matter the show. The acting styles in any era are really based on the stars of that era. The stars in the modern era specifically, such as Laurette Taylor and Sanford Meisner led the way for aspiring actors with their acting techniques and methods. One of the more popular methods was the Meisner teqnique, which relied very much on observations and being in the moment. Another popular icon, Laurette Taylor, had less of a technique, but showed actors for years to come how natural acting should be. The types of costumes that were used during this time period were all depending on what was going on in the world. During World War 2 costumes were very bland and boring and didn’t have many color, the girls wore long dresses and little makeup and the guys usually wore black suits and ties. However from then on to today costumes are often built by top designers and are bright and colorful. But it also depends on what you can afford, if they have little money then costumes are built from inexpensive material and are only used of what is needed. Costumes can also be animals or plants or foods too! It all depends on they type of play and the characters needed for the show. The makeup styles of theatre always depend on the play. However, in previous eras stage makeup was often toxic or not good for actor's skin. Over the last hundred years, makeup has become safer and more natural looking. In some of the earliest eras, there was no makeup, however, the makeup of today's era is cause for a more believeable looking theatre experience. The set was often very large and very detailed. The set can open up and reveal a multi dimensional set that can carry out many different scenes. Sets are built by top designers and architects and many tech crew members as well. Sets are sometimes even built up and around the audience to make the stage feel very big and exciting. Another thing that contributes to modern theatre is the amount of special effects. Special effects may include bright flashing lights, dramatic sound cues, or even robotic transformations of sets and costumes. With the technology we have today and in the 20th century, there is really no way to predict what type of spectacular set or effects we will have. In Modern Theater some of the most popular
plays were musicals. The 20th century was also known as the Golden Age for Broadway where musicals were at the top of their game and
almost everyone went to see them. Comedies, operas, and dramas were also very popular.
Many new types of theater were introduced
as well like political theater and religious
theater. Question 1: What is a round theatre?
Question 2: Where do cast members sometimes enter during a show?
Question 3: Broadway was in what age during the 20th century?
Question 4: What other types of plays were popular besides musicals during this time period?
Question 5: What famous Broadway star helped bring a more natural look to theater?
Question 6: What is the Meisner Method?
Question 7: During what event were costumes for theater very dull, colorless and boring?
Question 8: Why was makeup in the past so bad for actors to use?
Question 9: What aspect of shows has been recently changed due to the improvement of technology?
Question 10: What musical was given as an example for when actors and actresses run out the house entrances and onto the stage? (hint: it was also shown on a picture after the costume slide) Makeup Information- http://makeup.lovetoknow.com/History_of_Theatre_Makeup
Special Effects Information-
Acting Techniques Information-
Audience Participation Informaiton-
Popular Plays Information-