Isms - Styles of Theatre: 1800-1950 THEA 200 1700-1800s...

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Styles of Theatre: 1800-1950 THEA 200
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Realism Impressionism Symbolism Expressionism Constructivism Absurdism Neo-Classical Romantics/ Sentimentalism Melodrama 1700-1800’s 1800’s-1950’s Epic Theatre
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Melodrama Hugely popular in the 1800’s Good and evil sharply defined Action, Looks (Costume), Voice Most of the play has Good being pursued by Evil Evil punished and Good rewarded in the end. Hallmarks of the plays: Concealed or mistaken identity Abductions Strange Coincidences Hidden Documents
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Putting the “Melo” in Drama Melo - Drama = “Music Drama” Music used for mood, underscoring, arouse emotions “Signature Music” character’s specific tune Spectacle became a huge draw for audiences Fires, explosions, oceans, earthquakes, volcanoes, trains, horse races Equestrian drama, canine drama, rural drama, rustic drama, gothic drama ( The Vampire )
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Most Popular Play of the 19th Century: Uncle Tom’s Cabin Book by Harriet Beecher Stowe published March, 1852 First stage show January 1852 By 1890: 400 “Tom” shows on the road across the U.S., and even more overseas. “Tomming” was a job that you could have for your entire career/life.
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A Notable Moment: Eliza Crossing the Ice The story… Chance for spectacle (Ice, dogs, horses, stage machinery) How did the dogs know to chase Eliza? She fed them. Sometimes “Harry” was made out of dog food as well. Became so well known that people used it to describe a bad day.
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Even Weirder than you might Think With so many shows on the road, gimmicks became more popular Jubilee Choruses “Buck and Wing” dancers “Doubled Productions” - Two of one, some, or all characters! Not weird enough? How about a Russian Uncle Tom? Jewish? Irish ( Uncle Pat’s Cabin )?
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A Different Model for Melodrama: The Count of Monte Cristo Strongly identified with one actor: James O’Neill Played “Edmund Dantes” for 30 years (yes, 30 years) Example of the “Star
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This note was uploaded on 02/17/2011 for the course THEA 200 taught by Professor Theaterappreciate/understanding during the Fall '11 term at South Carolina.

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