Thesis: Shakespeare made an impact on the world through his theater, it was influenced by his stage, costumes and how it was made.
Quote: "The stage of a public theater was a large platform that projected into the pit. This arrangement allowed the audience to watch from the front and sides. The performers, nearly surrounded by spectators, thus had close contact with most of their audience" (Lander).
Commentary: The Globe Theater was round and large. From any seat, story, or side, you can see the performance. The actors are also interactive with most of their audience.This fits with what I know because it relates to my theme and it talks about the theater and what it is about such as how the seats and stories are arranged.
Quote: "Most of Shakespeare’s plays were written for the public theater. However,The Winter’s Tale, Cymbeline, and The Tempest all take advantage of the different kinds of staging made possible by the Blackfriars. For example, these later plays used the more sophisticated stage machinery to represent flight. The more intimate space also allowed the inclusion of more musical interludes, both during the plays and during intermissions" (Lander).
Commentary: “There were plays that used more sophisticated machinery to represent flight. The more intimate space let the inclusion of more musical interludes. I wonder if they had people in the play that came out of the crowd and then started to play an act in the play” (Lander).
Quote: "Actors entered and left the stage through two or more doorways at the back of the stage. Behind the doorways were tiring (dressing) rooms. At the rear of the stage, there was a curtained discovery space. Scholars disagree about the details of this feature" (Lander).
Commentary: There were two or more exits and entrances at the back of the stage. Behind the doorways, there were the dressing rooms. I wonder how they prepared for all of the plays and if they had rehearsals before the plays.
Quote: "In 1576, James Burbage built England’s first successful public theater, called simply The Theater. It stood in a suburb north of London, outside the strict supervision of London government authorities. Soon other public theaters were built in the London suburbs. These theaters included the Curtain, the Rose, and the Swan. In 1599, Shakespeare and his associates built the Globe Theater. Detailed evidence of how the Elizabethan public theaters looked is limited. But scholars have been able to reconstruct the general characteristics of a typical public theater" (Lander).
Commentary: There was another theater built before the Globe theater that was made by James Burbage. He built the first successful public theater in England. Soon after that, many more theaters were built. I wonder if Shakespeare was inspired from James' theater. Also, I wonder why James Burbage named it just "The Theater." This also relates to my theme because it talks about how the Globe theater could of been inspired to be made.
Costumes and Effects
Quote: Sound effects had an important part in Elizabethan drama. Trumpet blasts and drum rolls were common. Sometimes unusual sounds were created, such as "the noise of a sea-fight" called for in Antony and Cleopatra. Music also played a vital role.
Commentary: The role of sound effects had a big important role in the Elizabethan drama. It was used frequently and some sounds were a bit unusual. Also, music was used during these plays. This fits with what I know because it goes with my theme and talks about the effects the theater had and when people performed in the theater.
Quote: “Costumes were often elaborate, and the stage might have been hung with colorful banners and trappings (The groundlings, those eight hundred or more people who stood shoulder to shoulder around the stage for the price of a penny, loved a good show. Most people still do)" (Lander).
Commentary: There were colorful banners that were hung around the theater. Also, the price to get in was a penny, but you'd have to be shoulder to shoulder with a huge crowd of people. I wonder what else they used to decorate the theater. If they used pictures or flags or something else. If they had flags, maybe they changed them for every play they do. It could be about the theme of the play.
Quote: "The absence of scenery did not result in dull or drab productions. Acting companies spent much money on colorful costumes, largely to produce visual splendor. Flashing swords and swirling banners also added color and excitement" (Lander).
Commentary: Acting companies spent lots of money on costumes. Not only costumes, but swords and swirling banners and colored hair. This fits with what I know because it has to do with the theme and what the theater productions used. They had costumes, swords, banners, etc. I wonder what else they used for props.
How it was made
Quote: "The structure that enclosed the courtyard of a public theater was round, square, or many-sided. In most theaters, it probably consisted of three levels of galleries and stood about 32 feet (10 meters) high. The courtyard, called the pit, measured about 55 feet (17 meters) in diameter. The stage occupied one end of the pit. For the price of admission, the poorer spectators, called groundlings, could stand in the pit and watch the show. For an extra fee, wealthier patrons could sit on benches in the galleries" (Lander).
Commentary: The theater was round and consisted of three stories and this stood about 10 meters high. In the middle, there was just the ground and that is where all the people that paid one penny are, and just ahead of that is where the stage is.I wonder if it was uncomfortable for all those people being shoulder to shoulder. I also wonder if families went together to see them. Or kids just went for fun and their parents stayed at home.
Quote: " By the late 1500’s, Elizabethan plays were being performed in two kinds of theater buildings—later called public and private theaters. Public theaters were larger than private ones and held at least 2,500 people. They were built around a courtyard that had no roof. Public theaters gave performances only during daylight hours because they had no artificial lights" (Lander).
Commentary: There were public and private theaters. The public theaters were bigger than the private ones. Public theaters gave performances only during daylight hours because they had no artificial lights. I wonder if the private theaters had roofs and if they were for wealthy people only or for people that can afford to go in there. Also, if the private theaters had roofs and how many people could fit in there.
Quote:"The stage was surrounded by several levels of seating. In 1613, the Globe burned down. It was rebuilt on the same foundation and reopened in 1614. The Globe was shut down in 1642 and torn down in 1644. A reconstruction of the theater was completed 200 yards (183 meters) from the original site in 1996, and it officially opened in 1997" (Seidel).
Commentary: The Globe theater was burned down, but it was rebuilt on the same foundation and reopened in 1614. It was shut down in 1642 and torn down in 1644. I wonder how it was burned down. Was it the heat or was it troublemakers or something. Also why was it shut down in 1642. Were people not enjoying plays anymore at that time.
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