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Ancient Greek Theater

By: Jada Williams, Joe Novak, Matt Ryan, and Alexa DiPeso
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Ancient Greek Theater The Actors Hypocrits were the main roles. Because women were not allowed to take part in any performances, the men played both male and female roles. The ones who played the women were boys, before they hit puberty, and there voice changed. The costumes were very important in Greek Theater because they could define a characters social status  and gender. Costumes were very decorated and flashy than regular clothing to emphasize the theatrical aspects of the play. In Ancient Greek theaters, there were only men actors. When there was a role needed for a woman, it would be played by a man. To disguise the man as a woman, they would place a  Prosterneda one them. It was placed over the chest to represent a woman's  breasts. Theater buildings were called Theatrons, which were where the plays were held. They were huge! And usually built in hill-sides because the seats of the Theatron were slanting downward towards the stage where the plays were preformed. The Theatron consisted of the orchestra, skene, and the audience. The three forms of theatrical plays that were preformed in Ancient Greek Theaters, were Tragedy, comedy, and satyr plays. Comedies: comedies are pretty self explanatory, they were funny! If we were to see a comedy today from Ancient Greek times, we would most likely not find it funny. The humor back in ancient Greek times is much different from ours today. Tragedies: They are pieces of work where the main character faces adversity, and or eventually meets their demise because of a tragic flaw.   An example of this is Romeo and Juliet. Forms of Greek Theater Costumes Masks The Play "The War of the Gods"
Written by Jada Williams.
Cast:
Zeus- Mr. Schick
Ares- Matt Ryan
Athena- Jada Williams
Apollo- Joe Novak
Aphrodite- Alexa DiPeso Large masks were worn to exaggerate facial features and emotions. Any kind of mask was made of wood, linen, or mud. The mask enabled the actor to appear in various roles and the mask covered the entire face. The mouth opening was very small preventing the mouth to be seen during a performance . The mask itself was not covered in hair but the ears were. It was very important for the actors to hear clearly. Thespis was the earliest recorded playwright known to use masks. Masks were worn in Ancient Greece during the Golden Age around 500-300 B.C. The symbol of theater comes from the Greek masks of comedy and tradegy. Works Cited: Ancient Greek Theater. Elias Karayannakos, 2008. Web. 22 Feb. 2010. <http://users.panafonet.gr/ekar/masks.html>. Ancient Greek Theatre. Web. 23 Feb. 2010. http://www.greektheatre.gr/costumes.html.

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http://www.dailygalaxy.com/photos/uncategorized/2007/04/20/epidaurustheaterbynight_2.jpg At first in the theater, there weren't any actors. They had poets tell the sotries. It wasn't until later that actors came into the picture. The first actors’ names were Aeschylos, Thespis, and Sophocles. They were the main characters. Other people involved with the show were called followers.
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