Pantalone is an elderly man so many actors would often give a hunch back. Many people may think this hunchback is used to give the effect of an old man however it is really to protect his money bag. The person portraying Pantalone would also take long strides since Pantalone would often show off his ego.
Zanni is a character type of Commedia dell'arte best known as an astute servant and trickster. The Zanni comes from the countryside. The Zanni is known to be a "dispossessed immigrant worker". He is a servant and also a cunning trickster. The Zanni is also the lowest status and would do anything for food.
The person obtaining the role of Zanni would usually wear big, white baggy clothes as these clothes are similar to what peasants wear.
Zanni usually cannot stay in one place for too long and so he hops about in excitement, often causing irritation to characters such as Pantalone.
Mask of Zanni
II DOTTORE is the doctor in Commedia Dell'Arte realm and of a high status. He can also be the father of one of the two lovers and can also be an obstacle for their relationship. Inclusive about his personality with an old man he is known to procrastinate around a specific answer.
His costume is usually all or mostly black and he frequently wears a black felt hat with long, trailing robes.Under his black robes are shorter black robes and black shoes. The ruff around Il Dottore's neck didn't become permanent until his popularity in France grew, at which point it was adopted in 1653
Il DOTTORE is known to be big made and is fond of drinking. The person who takes up the role of the doctor would often move about in a hefty manner. Indicating his weight and love for drinking.
Il Dottore's mask is the only mask that takes upmleast of the actor's face.
Since the art of Commedia Dell'Arte is involved in theatre many scenarios would often have to take place in order to move along the scene. Although the scenario is no more than the fabric of scenes woven from a plot, which brief hints of the action, divided into acts and scenes, which are to be acted extemporaneously by the performers. There are still some existing scenarios which include La Fortunata Isabella and The Two Harlequinns. There are some scenarios that can be used to make a play.
For example the Harlequinn scenario is about Pantalone seeking the hand of Isabella and so he seeks advice from his servant Harlequinn although conflict strikes when Harlequinn's brother comes to town. Some people could take the roles of these four characters outlining the original scenario.
The Two Harlequinn scenario. Harlequinn on the left, Pantalone in the middle and Isabella on the right.
Commedia dell'arte began in the 16th century. When it began it was performed outside in piazzas, in theatres, and in public meeting halls and courts.