19th century drama

19th century drama - Romantic Drama-British romantic poets...

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19 th century drama Political Events - See timeline in book - Massive changes occurring that affect theater. Technical innovations - Gas jets: lights could be dimmed in the theater as a result the house could be gradually or completely darkened. Selective lighting could heighten emotional effect of plays. Actors moved off of the apron and deeper into set. - Lighting placed in between scenery and behind proscenium pillars this result in actors being moe visbie - Proscenium arch a window into the scene - Scenery: machinery can lift actors from stage (fly space, offers more dramatic effect) - Stage: apron shrank, proscenium opening became fourth wall Production Changes; - In 1840 costumes began to accurately reflect the period of the drama. - Designers researched period of the play in an effort to reproduce accurate clothing. - Good lighting demaned better scenery and costumes - The director- due to emerging complexity he/she fulfilled a need.
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Unformatted text preview: Romantic Drama-British romantic poets: John Keats, Percy Bysshe Shelly, Lord Byron-Closet dramas popular, cumbersome Melodrama-Melo means song, originally resembled comic operettas-Later developed into dramas using background music to alter the mood-Virtuous maided-Unscrupulous landlord-Plays were sentimental with well defined heroes, heroines and villains-Lots of twists and turns in the plots-Strong emotional appeal-Decisive endings, good person always win-Camille by Alexandre Dumas-Uncle Tom’s Cabin is a melodramatic novel-Opera: La Travista The Well Made Play – Eugene Scribe-Exposition: an explanation of what is going on and one or two surprises-Surpise: a letter opened at a critical moment-Suspense: steadily built throughout play-Climax: late in the play, secreats revelas, hero confronts antagonist and wins-Denouement: resolution of the drama, all lose ends tied up....
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This note was uploaded on 02/22/2012 for the course DRAM 116 taught by Professor Strong during the Fall '08 term at UNC.

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