Here are a few things you can discuss with your class to help them understand what to expect at a live theatre production:
• Theatre features live on-stage actors. They have spent many weeks rehearsing for the performance.
• The audience is a very important part of the performance. Appreciation and enthusiasm for the performers is shown by close attention and participation and applause at the proper times. The success of the play depends on the appropriate interaction between cast and audience.
• The theatre is a very special place. Its atmosphere is entirely different from your home where the television is always available.
• It is easy to identify with live actors. You can see how they use their bodies and voices to convey different emotions.
• Actors wear costumes and make-up to help create the impression of the characters they play.
• There is much more to most live performances than actors. Special sets, effects, lighting, music, costumes, and of course, the audience add to the total experience.
Introduce your students to the following theatrical terms:
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