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    • Theatre in the early 20th century
      Bethany Hansen
    • “I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.”
      Oscar Wilde
    • Theatre definition “an art form portraying a dramatic event for entertainment uses”
      Mimicry of human behavior containing plot, climax, characters, and other thematic elements
      Used as a channeling of human sentiments
    • Origins of theatre
      Thought to originate from the Greek god of fertility and wine: Dionysus
      Thespis became the first actor and is where the term thespian comes from
      Several years occurred before the invention of the third or fourth actor
    • Early competitions
      The Greeks held competitions for tragedies to determine who had the greatest writing skills
      The Greeks also held these competitions for comedies when they were invented later on
      Romans developed theatre, frequently copying Greek plots and having competitions
    • Shakespeare
      Wrote in plays in three categories: comedy, tragedy, history
      Wrote about 38 plays during his career
      His literature was so famous, it is still used as a learning guide for curriculum
    • Romeo and Juliet
      One of Shakespeare’s most well-know play ever written, it is an extremely popular piece of literature and used frequently in modern theatres.
    • Film
      Several inventions led to the creation of film such as: photography, chronophotography, phosmotrope, and the kinematoscope
      The first films were only a few seconds long and of a simple activity such as sneezing
      As technology increased, so did motion picture
      Eventually, movies became longer and plots more complicated
    • Film studios
      Five major film studios know at the Big Five Studios became extremely successful, generating 90% of all fiction films made during the 1920s
      Warner Brothers
      20th Century Fox
      Paramount Pictures
      A Radio Picture
      Metro-Goldwyn Mayer
    • Film in the 20s
      Film did not really become popular until the 1920s
      It became an activity available to everyone and not just the upper class
      Technology continued increasing, and the silent film became a thing of the past
      When speaking film first came out, the actors/actresses would not sound pleasant or the camera would make excessive noise when moving
    • Broadway
      The first musical was “The Black Crook” and came in 1866.
      The area of Broadway became a popular place of entertainment because it was a busy part of town in New York City where many people lived.
      As theatres began being built, the number of shows steadily increased
    • Broadway stars and composers
      Broadway Actors/ Actresses
      Lillian Russell
      Ethel Merman
      Al Jolson
      Fred and Adele Astaire
      Gene Kelly
      Carol Channing
      Ethel Water
      Composers/ Writers
      George and Ira Gershwin
      Leonard Bernstein
      Cole Porter