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To learn more about performing arts, I visited Players Theatre to watch the performance of the play ‘A view from the bridge’ which depicts the life of American working class as they relate to an immigrant cousin. The film was showcased by the Players theatre group and was directed by Elliot Raines having been written originally by Arthur Miller. The performance was done at different times of the day so as to accommodate the high number of people who were in need of the experience. It was showcased at 7:30 pm and 2pm. Many people applauded the group for coming with this kind of program so that they are able to accommodate all the people who are willing to watch the play. The play was showcased by six actors who performed different roles as outlined in the script. It was not the first time that the play was being showcased by the group. It had been done before and people asked for a second chance to be able to watch the play again.
When it comes to the actual performance, the group did a wonderful job that left many people understanding what was going on in the play. The first notable thing during the performance is the fact that the sitting arrangement allowed every person to view the stage well, the theatre is made such that a person at the back is on a higher level compared to the person sitting just close to the stage. The stage is also raised well such that every person within the audience has the ability to see what is going on. The director of the play was at the backstage and controlled the manner in which things took place at the actual stage of performance. He was responsible for ensuring that every actor that entered the stage was in the right attire. The sound system was good and it easy to get what every actor was saying during the play. The speakers were evenly situation in the room and the person controlling them knew how to do it without interfering with the impact that they are supposed to create. When the director wanted to achieve silence, he would silence the music to come up with the impact that he wanted to create at that specific time. Another aspect of performance that was well utilized is the lighting system on the stage. Apart from the fact that it was used to make every activity on the stage to be visible, it was also used to create a certain environment that could fit the descriptions of such an environment in the play. At the highest point of the drama, the director made use of both the lighting and the sound to impact the performance of that part of the play. It had the best impact and a greater part of the audience appreciated the creativity that was used in the case.
According to me, the performance was good and the actors deserve the applaud they got after the performances. They displayed their best. Before this, I had visited other theatres to watch different plays and I can confirm that not all of them reached this level. Some had problems with the lighting while others had problem with the sitting arrangement or lighting and sound system. By watching the play, I learnt that literature can be used to showcase some of the events that take place in our daily lives. By washing the play, I also learnt about the different ways that can be used by people to solve the conflicts that they have. Though the sound system was good, I believe that it can still be improved to match the standards of some o the greatest theatres in the country.
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