The chapter explores the evolution of theatre stages throughout history. It begins with the ancient Greeks and Romans, who used outdoor amphitheatres with round or curved stages and seating for the audience around the stage. Today, amphitheatres can be found both indoors and ................................
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Use the context of the information provided to explain the meaning of these words. They are underlined in the passage.
1. Festivals 2. Orchestra pit 3. Rostra
4. Encircled 5. Obscure 6. Tiered
- Festivals: A festival is a celebration or a special occasion that is usually marked by a public event or performance.
- Orchestra pit: An orchestra pit is a sunken area in front of a stage where an orchestra sits to accompany the performers.
- Rostra: A rostra is a platform or a stage where a speaker or a public figure addresses an audience.
- Encircled: Encircled means to surround or to form a circle around something or someone.
- Obscure: Obscure means to make something unclear, difficult to understand or hard to see.
- Tiered: Tiered refers to something arranged in layers or levels, often in a series of rows, one above the other.
Now, use these words to make sentences of your own.
Fill in the blanks with four-letter a-e words like take. They have a long a sound.
1. To cook a cake _____________
2. To rescue _____________
3. Not wild _____________
4. A friend _____________
Fill in the blanks with four-letter ai words like vain. They have a long a sound.
1. Wet weather _____________
2. A very large hill _____________
3. A form of transport _____________
4. To be unsuccessful _____________
Fill in the blanks with words that have a long e sound. They may be ee like sleep or ea like seat.
1. A root vegetable _____________
2. A small river _____________
3. The colour of grass _____________
4. You do this in your sleep _____________
Fill in the blanks with a long I sound made by the letters igh as in night.
1. Not low _____________
2. Opposite of left _____________
3. To scare _____________
4. Not loose _____________
Fill in the blanks with words that have a long o sound. They may be ow as in slow or oa as in coaf.
1. Used for sailing _____________
2. Not wide _____________
3. A big black bird _____________
4. A ditch full of water surrounding a castle_____________
Write a debate on the topic: All schools should conduct theatre workshops.
Fill in the blanks with appropriate words from the passage.
- The Ancient Greeks and the Romans first used _________________.
- In a proscenium arch, the _________ is sometimes placed between the stage and the audience.
- A thrust stage is also called a ___________.
- In case of __________, the theatre is encircled by the audience.
- A lecture-style theatre does not have a ___________ arch.
- The Ancient Greeks and the Romans first used amphitheatres_.
- In a proscenium arch, the orchestra pit_ is sometimes placed between the stage and the audience.
- A thrust stage is also called a apron stage_ .
- In case of theatre-in-the-round__, the theatre is encircled by the audience.
- A lecture-style theatre does not have a proscenium___ arch.
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The stage itself is round or curved, and the seats for the audience are curved around the stage.
a. Which stage is being described here?
b. Who started the concept of this stage?
c. Why did they decide to build an outdoor stage?
In this type of theatre, the stage is encircled by the audience.
a. In which type of stage do we have this seating arrangement?
b. How does this arrangement affect the visibility of the stage and the actors?
c. What could the disadvantages of this design be?
The first row of seating is on the same level as the acting space.
a. Is this an old form of staging?
b. Why is the first row of seating at the level of the stage?
c. How is this arrangement different from the other stages?
How does the orchestra pit add to the feeling that the audience is looking into a picture?
Why would scenery be a problem on a theatre-in-the-round stage?
Why do you think an apron stage is also known as a thrust stage?
Which type of theatre do you think would be most suitable for someone giving a talk aided by a slide show?
If you were going to put on a Christmas pantomime for families, which kind of stage would you use? Why?
Compare and contrast the proscenium arch stage with the thrust or apron stage.
Do you think live performance and theatre can be important mediums for spreading awareness about different social causes? Give reasons for your answer.
Summary - Theatres through the ages | My English Folder Coursebook | Class 7 Literature | English
Vocabulary - Theatres through the ages | My English Folder Coursebook | Class 7 Literature | English
Amphitheatre - an open-air circular or oval-shaped theater with rising tiers of seats for spectators
The ancient amphitheatre in Rome, known as the Colosseum, was known for hosting gladiator fights and theatrical performances.
Proscenium - the part of a theater stage in front of the curtain, including the frame or arch in which the stage is viewed
The opera singer stood in the center of the proscenium, belting out a powerful aria to the captivated audience.
Orchestra pit - a sunken area in front of the stage where musicians sit and perform during a play or operatic performance
The conductor directed..........................
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