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All actors were men<br />Younger boys had to play women and wear make-up made from lead, which gave them led poisoning <br />Not until 1660 that women were allowed to perform<br /> Early actors had a bad reputation-this changes as the theatre became more popular<br />“Players” were a group of actors<br />Actors<br />
At the beginning of the year, the theatre company created a list of plays to present<br />The sharers made the decision on what play to pick<br />The plays that brought in a lot of money were the ones they leaned on choosing again<br />Preparation and Practice<br />
Bright colors <br />Mostly any part of the costume would be covered in:<br />Braids<br />embroidery <br />pinking/slashing/puffing <br />pearls/ jewels/ lace/ artificial flowers<br />Costumes (1)<br />
<ul><li>Men’s Costumes: </li></ul>Bright colors<br />Wore hats<br />Feathers/jewels<br />a small flat hat was usually worn by any character regardless of economic standing<br /><ul><li>Everybody's clothing:</li></ul>very detailed<br />Both wore an undergarment <br />Resembles everyday clothing <br />Costumes (2) <br />
<ul><li>Weren't very important at that time </li></ul>Most important was the characters <br /><ul><li>Used Title Boards – had the name of the place where the scene was taking place (a person would bring the sign on stage)
A curtain closing would symbolize the scene changing </li></ul>Sets (1) <br />
Areas in the rear were symbolic of inside the buildings or shops<br />Sets were used to give and illusion of a scene <br />sometimes did scenes off of balconies or upstage and “adjacent off-stage” so that the people could get more of an illusion<br />Sets (2)<br />
Very important – because of the lack of sets<br />Each company had a trunk or so full of props and furniture for the stage <br />Certain props meant certain stages<br />chairs, tables, and drinking cups symbolized tavern to the audience<br />a light fog in the room symbolized a blacksmith’s shop<br />white drapes hanging from the ceiling symbolized clouds<br />drums symbolized thunder<br />Props <br />
The audience was very important<br />the plays were mainly about the viewpoints the people had in the Elizabethan time period <br />The playwrights tried to base their plays off of the stories and experiences of real people and real problems<br />The audience’s support of the theater made the art of acting and shows become appreciated<br />Audience (1)<br />
<ul><li>The standing open area seats</li></ul> were one penny<br /> which was roughly 10% of workers daily wage<br /><ul><li>For about two pennies you could sit in one of three bleacher rows
The rich paid for the most luxurious seats</li></ul>Audience (2)<br />http://www.istockphoto.com/file_thumbview_approve/4408976/2/istockphoto_4408976-theatre-audience.jpg<br />
The actors would have to exaggerate movements so the audience could see, and shout lines so that the audience could hear<br />No lighting to enhance scenes, and the plays were usually in the afternoon<br />People had to use their imagination since there were no backdrops, lighting, few props, and bad acoustics<br />Audience (3)<br />
Church leaders wanted to entertain the people using religious stories teaching people values through entertainment.<br />Heaven and Hell were presented on stage with Heaven being painted on the roof of the playhouse, and hell below the floor. Hell also had beast with mechanical mouth in some theaters<br />Effects, costumes, props were simple. As theater popularity grew theater technology advanced tremendously. Things like smoke machines; mechanical set pieces were first being used in this time period.<br />Instead of traditional theaters they had play houses. Plays were intended to show moral stories. In early days many bible stories were explained though these plays.<br />Origin if Elizabethan Theatre<br />