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Theatre Prosceniums Throughout History

by: Sarah Wright

Theatre Prosceniums Throughout History TAI 177

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Sarah Wright
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Stagecraft & Stage Lighting
Daniel P Daugherty

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Contains the different ancient styles of theater and sets throughout history.
Stagecraft & Stage Lighting
Daniel P Daugherty
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theater, Sets, Greek, Roman, english, Renaissance
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Date Created: 02/15/16
Theatre AncientToday 1 Greeks 0 First known structures built specifically for theater 0 Main Features gt OrchestraCircular or Rectangle performance space at the base of audience gt Skenecostumes and props gt Proskenion 2 Greeks Romans 0 First theatres built with natural formations 0 The Greeks began to buildmodify natural formations to place theatres where they want 0 Romans built buildings that contained theatres 0 Romans also created more stage machinery including traps and drops 3 Renaissance 0 Single point perspective drawing lead to changes in architecture to enhance the scenery 0 Originally plays were produced using a single setting 0 Periaktoi were most likely used for the first scene changes 0 As understanding of prospective drawing advanced it allowed at wings that could be stacked in front of each other and pulled off to change the scene the rear drops would also be stacked and pulled off 0 Flying mechanisms allowed for painted borders to match the wings 0 Mechanized scene changes are first attributed to Giacomo Torelli who developed the pole and chariot system 0 These changes required the architecture of the theatre to change specifically the introduction of permanent proscenium arch 0 The proscenium creates a picture frame that gt Enhances the illusion generated by single point perspective gt Creates masking for the wings and y areas 4 Elizabethan 0 Designed for the common man and the aristocracy 0 The aristocracy sat in the auditorium while the commoners stood 0 Open Air 0 The audience surrounded the stage causing or allowed the playwright to describe the setting instead of relying on scenery to locate the play 0 Second levels allowed for multiple places to be on stage at once


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