What is theater

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In a Russian theater: The play here tells the fairy tale “Puss in Boots”.

A theater is a place where a story is played, a play or a play. Some theaters also show operas or musicals. Theater already existed in ancient times. Sometimes, however, the play itself is simply called theater for short.

The most important thing in the theater is the stage. This place is usually a little higher so that the audience can see what is being shown there. Most theaters have seats for the audience. Some theaters are in the open air, the stage or the spectator seats are in the open air. Most of the time, however, when you think of the theater you think of a building.

The actors or other artists play on the stage. Backdrops is a background that looks like you're in a certain place. So the scenery can look like the piece is set in the forest. Today theaters have a lot of technology so that they can change the scenery quickly.

It is not only the set designer who builds the sets and other things that is important. A costume designer ensures that the actors have the right clothes for their role. Make-up artists apply make-up to the actors. Many more people work to make the play look good. The best known is usually the director who practiced the play with the actors.

How is a play structured?

A play is also called a stage work or a stage play because the actors play a story on the stage. Theater plays belong to the literary genre of drama. They are therefore usually written in such a way that the tension increases continuously during the piece. The language is often very high, especially with old pieces. There is also a lot of symbolic talk. A play is divided into acts, scenes and appearances. An act consists of several scenes. A scene contains several appearances.

Lots of people like plays. Some authors who have written plays are still famous centuries later. William Shakespeare is best known for the works "Hamlet" and "Romeo and Juliet". Molière wrote many comedies, that is, funny plays, during the period of absolutism. But some German pieces are also very well known, for example “Wilhelm Tell” by Friedrich Schiller. This turned into an important story for Switzerland as a nation.