What is the purpose of theatre? To answer this question I will be sharing about my own personal experience with theatre. In elementary I took part in the school play “Pirates of Penzance’’, where I performed on stage in front of a live audience. I now realize that theatre is a performance, performed by actors, intended to entertain an audience. A performance is the play itself involving the script, characters, props, costumes etc. In the play, I noted the script would never change but the way it would be performed could vary. For instance the performance would run more effortlessly if elementary children were watching the play compared to adults because they aren’t as engaged and focused on the acting skill level of the performers. The actors work very hard to memorize their lines, which they perform for the audience. The performance of the play never changes but improvisation does take place, but is rehearsed and generally scripted. An example of this would be if an actor were to come out on stage to early, they would have to know what to say to keep the audience believing that, that was how the performance was supposed to develop. The audience observes the performance in a spectator point of view, analyzing the play, having different thoughts and opinions. Every person in the audience comes to different verdicts about what they have witnessed. In the end, the audience has the ability to learn life lessons and apply it to their daily lives. Theatre is a show, performed by artists to accommodate its listeners. The main purpose of theatre is to entertain the audience and to give different point of views for distinctive situations. The diverse viewpoints of the performance gives the audience a chance to reflect and see how they would of responded if they were in the position of the character, which I believe is the main purpose of theatre.
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