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Final Theatre Guided q's

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Final Theatre Guided- Reading Questions Chapter 6: 1) What is the initial framework for design? - the play itself The first stage in creating a play’s design is a conceptual one, during which design ideas emerge from the designers’ reading the script. Researching its historic, intellectual, and stylistic context, and imagining its potential impact on the expected audience. 2) What is the difference between realistic and metaphoric scenery? - Realistic : attempts to depict, often in great detail, a specific time and place in the real world where the play’s events are presumed to take place - Metaphoric : favors, instead, visual images that seek to provoke the production’s intended theme, mood, or social/political implications. 3) Describe the design of a box set. - By the nineteenth century, this “wing and drop set” as it was known, yielded to the “box set ”: a three-dimensional construction of inter-connected hard-covered “flats” (representing the walls and ceilings of a real room) , which was then filled with real furniture and real properties taken from ordinary real-world environments. 4) What technological advances have allowed scenery to be more realistic? - Motorized, computer-controlled logical advances in motorized, computer- controlled lighting and scene shifting. 5) What is the scrim, and how does it work? - A loosely woven, gauzy fabric long a staple of theater “magic,” is opaque when lit from the audience’s side but almost transparent when lit from behind , and is thus employed to make actors and even whole sets seem to instantly appear or disappear, simply with the flick of a switch on the light board. 6) Why are properties (props) crucial? - They are not only crucial in establishing realism but also in enhancing mood and style. 7) What was used for stage lighting in 1439? - A production of the Annunciation in Florence, 1,000 oil lamps were used for illumination, plus a host of candles were lighted by a “ray of fire” that shot through the cathedral. 8) What brought stage lighting into the modern phase? - The invention of the gaslight in the 19 th century and the development of electricity- first in carbon arc and “limelight” electrical lighting and then in incandescence , brought stage lighting into its modern phase and made it less strictly showy and more pertinent to individual works and dramatic action.
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9) What are the primary considerations of lighting and design? - Visibility and focus are the primary considerations of lighting design : visibility ensures that the audience sees what it’s meant to see, and focus ensures that it sees what it’s meant to see, and focus ensures that is sees what it is supposed to see without undue distraction.
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