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Discuss the acting in a play or the staging in a play - Little orphan Annie by Thomas Meehan

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Discuss the acting in a play or the staging in a play. The Play I am going to discuss is Annie. This was an amateur musical production performed at the Gladstone Theatre in Port Sunlight 18th-21st September. This was based on the book; "Little Orphan Annie" by Thomas Meehan. The play was directed and produced by Julia Whitehead. The play was about an orphan named Annie who escapes the orphanage run my gin soaked tyrant Miss Hannigan. Annie learns to live a happy life in which she is loved despite Miss Hannigan's plans to stop her. I am going to discuss the stage and props in this play. When the curtains open onto a proscenium arch stage with added thrust, the stage seems empty apart from five beds and a stool. On the thrust, propped walls make Miss Hannigan's office in which holds a stool, table and box. The stage can only be watched end on. The back curtain is dirty green and plain making the orphanage walls. ...read more.

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The stage looks empty again. Then there is a blackout throughout the stage. The orchestra played while the stage was arranged for the next scene, which was in a rich, modern home. When the lights came on, a wooden prop wall, painted white with modern designs hid the backcloth. There were paintings held up by people in the wings and there was a table in the centre. The table is on wheels. The fact that the backcloth changed from dirty green to neatly painted white showed the audience they entered a rich house. As actors came on they brought buckets and mops with them. The props brought on were placed on the table. In the song and dance Annie was placed on the table with the props and pushed off at the end of the song. This enabled the table and props to be taken off without a blackout. The people in the wings holding the pictures moved out of eyesight and the wooden board making the walls was put face down on the floor to make a platform. ...read more.

Conclusion

The people in the wings holding the pictures came back into eyesight and the table was rolled back on. Out of all the acts this was the easiest set to move on and off. Actors bringing props on took them back off with them and props left on after the scene ended were taken off in the blackout or in the next scene. At the end of this scene the wooden wall was pushed upstage and a plain black backcloth came down to hide it. The table was pushed off and once again the people in the wings holding pictures moved out of eyesight. The actors left their props, which, were then removed, from the stage in the blackout. When the finale started the backcloth for the orphanage came down. There were no props. The thrust was lit and the actors from the orphanage including Miss Hannigan took a bow. They then stepped to the side. The orphanage backcloth is raised and the New York backcloth is lowered. The thrust is blackened. The actors from the New York scene come on to an empty stage and take their bow. They then step to the side. ...read more.

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