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8/7/15, 1:40 PM Topic Print View Week 3: Medieval and Renaissance - Discussion Theater (graded) This week, we took a brief look at Shakespeare's The Tempest (see the Assignments section). This five-act play opens with a storm at sea (a tempest) and throughout, Shakespeare has planted allusions to apparitions and magic, such as the character Ariel who, at times, appears to be invisible to the other characters. It is a given that the special effects, such as those often used in films, to actually give the stage the appearance of a deadly tempest or actually make Ariel an invisible presence are not achievable on the stage. To fill in this gap, audiences suspend disbelief. In this thread, let's discuss the power and limitations of theatrical imagination. Please feel free to draw from productions you have seen. (The old high school productions count, too!) Why are we willing to suspend disbelief when we see a play, yet we demand so much more from a film production? Do you think that the limitation on special effects and alternative demand on the audience member to suspend disbelief is a weakness or a strength of the theatrical experience? Would you rather see The Tempest on stage or in film? Why? Responses Response Author Date/Time welcome Professor Clarke-Peterson 7/19/2015 8:39:25 PM Welcome to Week 3! The Tempest opens with a storm at sea (a tempest) and throughout, Shakespeare has planted allusions to apparitions and magic like Ariel who appears to be ‘invisible’ to the other characters at times. It is a given that the special effects used in films, to ‘actually’ give the stage the appearance of a deadly storm or ‘actually’ make Ariel an invisible entity, are not achievable on the stage. Thus, the audience must - suspend disbelief -. In this thread, we will draw fairly heavily on your own experiences :-) What are some other performances you have seen that have contained ‘special effects’ that required your suspension of disbelief? Think back...what was your mood, were you enthralled and taken within the story or did you remain on the outside observing a bunch of actors? Think critically about your experience and examine why your experience was what it was! Do you recall what methods were used to bring effects to life? Did you find them effective – were you able to ‘be in the moment’ of the play? Why or why not did you think those devices worked?
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