Theatre arts 260 Theatre history 1

Nebraska Wesleyan University

Reading questions for SOURCEBOOK Ch 4 Italian Renaissance 1. “The Wonders of Perspective Scenery,” “Peruzzi Designs for the Pope,” and “Scenery for the Medicean Court” all three detail spectacular scenic designs completed to emphasize the ideal of realistic perspective.  What kind of locations were represented in these scenes? Palaces, Streets, Cities, temples…  And how was lighting used to make the scenes more realistic? Flames and torches, as well as disco ball-like features.  Is there evidence of special effects besides lighting? Creating the illusion of the sun moving with its rays to follow. They would give the impression it was day outside by painting the rays. 2. Looking at the images and descriptions in “Serlio’s Three Scenes,” what specific features does Serlio select to particularize the settings for the three kinds of plays?  Comic scene A whorehouse, church, and inn must be in the scene. The houses must be in shortest to tallest order. Many lights all in the middle, hanging. The windows are paper or glass  Tragic scene Homes are grand and beautiful, meant for royalty. Things must not clutter the stage, thin boards should be used.  Satyric scene Countryside. Nature setting. Houses are rural. Flowers, trees, and critters and other animals. Painted. Mythical creatures. 3. In “Serlio’s Three Scenes,” what kinds of liquids are used to place in front of lamps to make colored lighting effects (78-9)? Wines and vinegars of different shades. Colored powders, of stones and wood mixed into water. 4. What 3 special effects does Serlio describe the process for devising (79-81)? Which, in your opinion, would be the most impressive? 1. Shooting canons to make the thunder sounds… 2. Puppeteering things and playing instruments at the same time. 3. How to properly hang and make a planet.

2. 6. + wow 4. Speak naturally. Almost a hundred costumes. Wine drinking. What practical advice does Di Somi give for clearing the smoke from candle lighting (109)? Vent your theatres. Put a + by those that seem impossibly complex. Put a “wow” by those that would be very very very big “wow” factors for a Renaissance audience!! 1. . After looking at the images of Teatro Olimpic and reading about “King Oedipus in the Olympic Theatre” (you’ve looked at actual images of this theatre also in our search activity). How to make it look like the clouds get larger. Moving clouds. socializing.5. In “Di Somi on Stagecraft. Put a * by those that seem most simple to construct. fruit eating. 9. The chorus spoke in perfect unison. Who’s who in the audience. + 6. list the seven special effects described in the last half of the reading (94-102). but lesser then their class above them. Referring to the long section on “Sabbattini on Theatrical Machinery”. All that is describes in the dolphin making process and other fishies. Clouds with an actor flying down from them. Move your body naturally. + wow 5. Building the clouds and the sky in a way to hide the machines. what were the most memorable aspects of being at the theatre—and about viewing the performance? Thousands of people in the audience.” “On Actors and Acting” section. Different from those of normal. Clouds changing color * wow 7. Get smoke outa there! Mirrors can reflect like to reduce the amount of fires you have to burn to light things. what are the three best pieces of advice Veridico gives that are still helpful for actor’s today? 1. what were the main principles he followed (104-7)? No matter what class they were they should be dressed beautifully. Bright colors. everyday clothes. * wow 2. 8. How to make a constant flowing river. Di Somi had very specific ideas for costuming characters. * 3. not musically. 3. Theaters were ornate and beautiful. Avoid a presentational delivery of lines. + wow 7.

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