Saturday, May 24, 2014

The Wonderful World Of Theater

By Minnie Whitley

Phoenix is a city which enjoys a vibrant mix of arts and culture. Artists from different genre and scenes have a lot of opportunity to share their talents and crafts. A large number of cultural facilities and public art displays can be found in the city. They also offer scholarship grants for talented young artists in the community. Theater Phoenix is one outlet for artists to develop their acting skills and creativity.

A local agency takes care of the management of some important cultural facilities in the city. The Phoenix Convention Center Department looks after the famous Orpheum Theatre, Herberger Theater, Executive Conference Center, Symphony Hall and the Convention Center itself. Local and international tourists are attracted to cultural events, which in turn has greatly helped in the economy of Phoenix and the Arizona state.

Theater has played an important role in the daily lives of people. Actors and artists believe that it is one form to express their selves. Everyday is treated important, like it would be their last performance. The Herberger Theater is a huge part of the performance arts of the city.

Live performers present before a live audience in an auditorium or in a wide open space. A combination of gesture, song, speech, music and dance is used to better express the expression needed in a play. The stage or platform where they perform is ornamented with crafts and designs to best enhance the visual experience of the audience.

The word theatre was derived from the ancient Greek word, theatron, which means a place for viewing. It also is translated from the word theaomai, which roughly translates, to see, to watch or to observe. The Modern Western play was greatly influenced from ancient Greek dramas. The technical terminology, genres, many of its themes, characters and plot were mostly borrowed from the latter.

There are different kinds of theater plays, namely, the drama, comedy, musical and tragedy. Comedy is probably the most enjoyable form which uses humor to narrate a story. Drama, as the word employs, tells of fiction and specific emotions in a play. A play which combines speech, dance and music is a musical. And tragedy, is another type of drama but in unique, mainly because it tells about the historical events in the civilization.

Experience Broadway shows, concerts and operas at the newly renovated, historic Orpheum Theater. Located on West Adams Street, it is one of the most historic places in Phoenix. The last remaining example of a theatre palace type of architecture in Phoenix was originally built in 1929. It happens to be the only theatre in the greater Phoenix area listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

It underwent a massive renovation and was opened back to the public in 1997. It boasted of one thousand sixty two seats in the orchestra level, and three hundred two seats in the balcony. The modern theatre with classic style offers free tours led by a docent, from time to time.

The performing art department of the city, is considered an important part of its history. It is considered a treasure that the people deeply value. Your emotions can be clearly seen on the way you express yourself. Self expression is one form of art. Being artistic can be hereditary and you are born with that knowledge. But it can also be acquired through time.

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