Set, lighting, costumes and sound: these are the components that make up the body of a theatrical production. These elements work together to provide the audience with a magical experience, bringing them into a different city, time or even another world altogether. Without theatrical scenery, the show would be flat out boring. Great innovation and imagination is utilized to present performances with stunning theatrical scenery. These are the pieces that take your breath away.
Theatrical scenery was not always to complex. It has evolved through time from very humble beginnings in ancient circles and court performances. A great deal has been learned, inventions made and processes discovered that has enabled visionaries to present works of art that require little imagination from the audience — the work has been done thanks to theatrical scenery. More advancements are being learned each day. Here is how theatrical scenery has changed over time.
The Ancient Greeks
Ancient Greece is no doubt where the infantile sprouts of Western theatre first began to grow. These people clearly had a passion for entertainment, which can be seen in the ruins of their ancient amphitheaters. These ruins show much more than the fact that the Greeks enjoyed performances. A lot of thought was put into the theatrical scenery.
From how the natural light fell upon the stage to ensuring that the words spoken by the performers made it clearly to the ears of an excited audience, every detail was taken into account. The actual scenery, props and costumes themselves were very minimal. The Greeks used what they had, and used it wisely to provide splendid creations. This tradition of careful planning and perfection has been carried through time.
The Development of Technology
During the twentieth century, huge strides were made for modern technology. Everything from how clothing was manufactured to lights and sound saw great breakthroughs. More complex costumes could be created and real scenery could be manufactured so that audiences could have the best possible experiences at the theatre. Costume pieces could be made quickly and easily, making it easier to clothe more individuals and have much larger casts. There was no longer a need to rely on natural light or unsafe methods, such as lanterns. Modern electricity brought a new beauty to theatrical scenery.
Theatrical Scenery Today
The sky is the limit in modern theatrical scenery. Computer controlled lighting systems, robotics and set pieces have made it easier than ever before to bring a thrilling performance to audiences throughout the world. With the touch of a keyboard, walls can move, colors can change, people can fly, wind can blow and water can flow — all on a stage set. The future of theatrical scenery continues to look promising, with more innovative minds entering the world of film and theatre.
Theatrical scenery also plays a starring role in filmmaking. If you are interested in learning more about the art of creating digital films, view the classes available at Lionheart Theatre.