Mime and Pantomime
Mime was a popular street performance in Ancient Greece. Unlike the mimes we
think of, these performers did not wear masks and they were not silent, but
offered a variety of entertainments.
These were likely the first professional perfo
a relatively new technique that uses projections rather than physical set pieces to
create the physical world of the play.
Materials and devices of scene design
Drops scenery pieces that are made out of fabric and painted
THE DIRECTORS CONCEPT
A Midsummer Nights Dream
Alice in Wonderland
The Rehearsal Process
Casting choosing the actors
Rehearsal practicing lines, movements and characters
Tech Rehearsal the rehearsals when sound, lighting and set are added
Loud voices and big gestures
Part of a religious rite
Sanford Meisner broke off from the Group Theatre and created a system based
on keeping actors in the moment.
Laban was a choreographer who developed a movement vocabulary
Unlike other jobs, actors have to get a new job every time a show closes, so they are
constantly auditioning. Auditions come in many different forms. Cattle Call auditions are
huge open calls where hundreds of people show up. Some audi
Naumachiae (my personal favorite!) are recreated famous naval battles. They
would fill coliseums with water and bring in real boats. Slaves would fight to the
death, and occasionally the wrong side would win the battle!
Jerzy Grotowski was an experimental Polish director who worked with his
actors on a communal farm (The Polish Laboratory Theatre) where they
did extremely physical training so that they were able to completely control
their bodies. They l
We learn all this information about a character in four ways:
Descriptions- stage directions, dramatis personae (a character list)
What the character says
What others say about the character
What the character does (most important).
There are many types o
A typical vaudeville show consisted of animal acts, short plays, juggling, revues,
acrobatics, magic shows, singing, all giving it the name variety theatre.
Varieties developed out of saloons that needed to entertain their patrons while
Denzel Washington would be the best to play this role as the main character of this play
because of many reasons. First of all, he has experience in emotional movies such as
Remember the Titans and even Malcolm X. The actor must be able to play the lead r