Year 10 Topic 1: Musical Theatre Use p. 544 of Kamien, 'Music An Appreciation' and any relevant websites. 1. Define Musical Theatre: It is usually in two acts, the second being usually shorter than the first. 2. List its elements. Dramatic script, acting, spoken dialogue (sometimes with music), singing, dancing, scenery, costumes and spectacle. 3. What forms can Musical Theatre take? Film and live theatre. 4. Identify and describe the relevant elements of music and musical theatre from 2 examples on the DVD. Example 1: My Fair Lady - The characters are dressed in the same tone of colour – grey, black and white. They look posh. They have blank expressions. The characters sing and dance. But the dance is very robotic. Their song is talking about the horse riding event that they are at and how fun it is. Example 2: Wizard of Oz - They are singing in a very happy and jolly way. The mood is very light. The characters are all smiling. It is set in Emerald City and therefore, the characters working there are all dressed in green. The dance is very simple and quite fun. There are dialogues with music. 5. Listen to 2 songs from the musicals DVD without visuals (screen turned off) and describe your imagined version of the characters, the sets, costumes, the mood, the meaning, the lighting, the dancing etc. Song 1: Mary Poppins Song 2: Charlie and The Chocolate Factory Characters Children & Mary Poppins Children, parents and Mr. Wonka Sets In a house, in children’s room In a chocolate factory Costumes Something old fashioned Fancy for Mr. Wonka and normal clothing for the children and parents Mood Jolly and innocent Grim Meaning Telling the children that cleaning up Complaining of a problem of song can be fun Lighting Colourful (because it’s children’s Colourful because it’s a chocolate factory room) Dancing Don’t know Don’t know Others: - - 6. Now watch these excerpts again to see how close your version was to the DVD. Describe the similarities and differences: Song 1: Mary Poppins Song 2: Charlie and The Chocolate Factory Similarities Characters and the mood Characters Differences The lighting There’s a bit of dancing Remember that there is no 'correct version' - all productions of musicals are interpretations. 7. Discuss how the other elements apart from music are important and add to the enjoyment and meaning of the song. Advanced warning - in lessons 5-7 you will be asked to learn and perform a song from a musical so you need to get into groups, find a song and how it fits into the plot, and learn it. You may use instruments of your own, costumes, props and other items. If we can book into the theatre we may be able to use lighting but this will be confirmed.