Theatre English Comp 1 Essay

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A cinema to film, is like an audience to theatre. Whilst film and live theatre are similar, there are many differences between them. Both are remarkable forms of entertainment but the amount of work and development that goes into theatre is more laudable than in films. Film and theatre differ in various ways. For example, the way a bond is formed with the audience, the archaic belief of live theatre versus the contemporary aspects of films, how the cast projects meaning and drama through various theatre props, or the performance aspect of theatre and film. I believe it's interesting to take a look into the respective worlds of both.

When performing in a play or musical, you've got to connect with the audience (which is much larger than a television screen) through bolder actions, vocal projection, and exaggerated emotions. Considering the size of the stage and theatre, you've got to create a way to draw everyone in and try to captivate their interest. When you're filming, you have a camera and one focal point at a time. You move your body to favor the light, to keep the right angles, and to keep the audience connected through the screen. Another difference between live theatre and film is that some people find live theatre to be outdated and increasingly irrelevant. Even though theatre doesn't have the attention-grabbing graphics or CGI effects, it doesn't have the infrastructure or budget to support them. It is true that in live theatre they use some effects now, but nothing as advanced as in films. Beginning theatre relied mainly on the esthetic values projected by the actors. Some believe films are just spit out with little thought and are to tell the same stories over and over.

In the case with live theatre you have to create an atmosphere. Most of the time, all you have to work with is a back drop, a few props, your costume, wigs, makeup, and whatever else is involved. In live performances, no one can just go on stage and fix a wardrobe malfunction or reapply makeup whenever it begins to smear. You've got to work through it and adapt to the changing circumstances without showing distress. Once the scene has ended, the transition to the next scene is extremely fast paced. Especially depending on if you have to change wardrobe or wigs. According to the London production of The Phantom Of The Opera, the main character, Christine Daae, had an outfit change of ten times, and a wig change of four. Costume and wig changes are naturally synonymous with live theatre. They can happen numerous times and include more than just a wig or makeup change. In a film you've got many people constantly surrounding you to fix your appearance and make sure you look perfect. In film, costumes are created to be worn by one specific character throughout the film and usually aren't used again. With filming, wardrobe malfunctions are…