Theatre in the early 20th century

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Theatre in the early 20th century

  1. 1. Theatre in the early 20th century<br />Bethany Hansen<br />B3<br />
  2. 2. “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.” <br />Oscar Wilde<br />
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  4. 4. Theatre definition<br />Dictionary.com: “an art form portraying a dramatic event for entertainment uses”<br />Mimicry of human behavior containing plot, climax, characters, and other thematic elements<br />Used as a channeling of human sentiments<br />
  5. 5. Origins of theatre<br />Thought to originate from the Greek god of fertility and wine: Dionysus<br />Thespis became the first actor and is where the term thespian comes from<br />Several years occurred before the invention of the third or fourth actor<br />
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  7. 7. Early competitions <br />The Greeks held competitions for tragedies to determine who had the greatest writing skills<br />The Greeks also held these competitions for comedies when they were invented later on<br />Romans developed theatre, frequently copying Greek plots and having competitions<br />
  8. 8. Shakespeare <br />1564-1616<br />Wrote in plays in three categories: comedy, tragedy, history <br />Wrote about 38 plays during his career<br />His literature was so famous, it is still used as a learning guide for curriculum<br />
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  10. 10. Romeo and Juliet<br />One of Shakespeare’s most well-know play ever written, it is an extremely popular piece of literature and used frequently in modern theatres. <br />
  11. 11. Film<br />Several inventions led to the creation of film such as: photography, chronophotography, phosmotrope, and the kinematoscope<br />The first films were only a few seconds long and of a simple activity such as sneezing<br />As technology increased, so did motion picture<br />Eventually, movies became longer and plots more complicated<br />
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  13. 13. Film studios<br />Five major film studios know at the Big Five Studios became extremely successful, generating 90% of all fiction films made during the 1920s<br />Warner Brothers<br />20th Century Fox<br />Paramount Pictures<br />A Radio Picture<br />Metro-Goldwyn Mayer<br />
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  15. 15. Film in the 20s<br />Film did not really become popular until the 1920s<br />It became an activity available to everyone and not just the upper class<br />Technology continued increasing, and the silent film became a thing of the past<br />When speaking film first came out, the actors/actresses would not sound pleasant or the camera would make excessive noise when moving <br />
  16. 16. Broadway<br />The first musical was “The Black Crook” and came in 1866.<br />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. <br />As theatres began being built, the number of shows steadily increased<br />
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  18. 18. Broadway stars and composers<br />Broadway Actors/ Actresses<br />Lillian Russell<br />Ethel Merman<br />Al Jolson<br />Fred and Adele Astaire<br />Gene Kelly<br />Carol Channing<br />Ethel Water<br />Composers/ Writers<br />George and Ira Gershwin<br />Leonard Bernstein<br />Cole Porter<br />

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