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Secrets of Scene Painting and Stage Effects Van Dyke Browne

Secrets of Scene Painting and Stage Effects

Van Dyke Browne

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SECRETS OE SCENE PAINTING AND STAGE EFFECTSThe idea of dramatic representation is to produce the impression of reality, and the value of such representation is in direct measure with the force of such impression. In this connection stage scenery andMoreSECRETS OE SCENE PAINTING AND STAGE EFFECTSThe idea of dramatic representation is to produce the impression of reality, and the value of such representation is in direct measure with the force of such impression. In this connection stage scenery and effects are of the utmost importance. When properly used, they add tremendously to the realm of dramatic representation. We see this clearly proved in London to-day at such theaters as Drury Lane and His Majestys. The success of the big productions at those theaters depends almost, if not quite, as much upon the quality of the scenery and effects as upon that of the plays performed or of the actors and actresses engaged. This is shown by the views expressed by the dramatic critics and the public generally. Perhaps the production at Drury Lane is a strong melodrama. What is most dis-cussed in connection with that production ? Almost always some big and novel effect, such as the representation of a race between aero planes or a battle between submarines. Again, in the case of a Shakespearean production at His Majestys, the talk in the green-rooms and at the dinner-tables of London is often more of the scenic beauty of the production than of the achievements of the actors and actresses, and the talk of the man in the street follows the same lines.