Theatre - Theatre 1 B C 2 B C D 3 4 5 6 7 A B C A B C C D C...

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Theatre 22/01/2008 10:29:00 1. B, C 2. B, C, D 3. A, C 4. B, C 5. C, D 6. A, C, D 7. B 8. B, C 9. B, D 10. C 11. A, B, C, D 12. A, B, C, E 13. C, D 14. A, B 15. A, B, C, D Lecture:  MELODRAMA Melodrama  term originated in France approx. 1800. Reaction against Neoclassical “rules” of drama (and other arts) o “popular culture manifestation of Romanticism” (according to Brockett)
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o legacy continues today “poetic justice” Melodrama example: Grey’s Anatomry Melodrama is inspired by Romanticism…. Melodrama: Influences Romanticism o Folk culture o Nature o Love of detail, variety o Individualism o Strong emotion: the point is to make you feel; act based on your  feelings o Rise in popularity of Shakespeare (he broke all the rules of  neoclassicism) Bending the rules of the 3 unities Industrial Revolution o Factories, railroads, urbanization (rise in methods of transportation and  distribution) o Spectacle and special effects  (machinery was more important for artistic advances). Rise in  ability to make things more incredible on stage. o Working Class Audiences Was broadly available across classes Appealed to them because of its emphasis on affect instead of  mythology with which they aren’t familiar Melodrama: Characteristics Formula: Good threatened by evil. Evil looks like it may win. Good wins after  all.
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o Moral lessons- values are absolute o Fast-paced, episodic plot. Always something new happens Stock Characters o Virtuous hero/heroine, evil, often physically deformed villain, side-kick  for comic relief. o Example: Uncle Tom’s Cabin—the slave owner’s daughters dying wish  is to free the slaves so he does when she dies.  o Example: Robin Hood Prince of Thieves o Comic relief provides distraction Spectacle o Horse races, panoramas, water battles, lava… o Local color/ exotic locations Music Example: Uncle Tom’s Cabin Freeze tableauxs to emphasize the importance of that moment (like soap  operas…”I’m not your daughter!!” (pause, pause, pause)
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Medicine Shows 22/01/2008 10:29:00 Medicine Shows: originated in England. Montebank performance example: stage version of Sweeney Todd. The audience has a lot of control in swaying the rest, so the seller has to one  o
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