Thank you for reading and learning about the history of the actors in Ancient Greece. I've had so much fun making this blog and I hope you had fun reading it. So you don't have to reread the different post to remind you I will summarize them. Ancient Greek actors were in at first were in mild respect but then as theatre kept getting famous there had to be professionals to be in plays. As theatre kept changing into a high respect costumes also changed for the actors the first costumes were body paint and natural resources to get a life like vision but then the costumes turned into boots and progastreta which imitated breast to trick audiences. Then came masks which helped the actors play different roles and speak louder since the masks were kinda a like a mini microphone. The masks also helped people see the expressions more when farther away from the stage. I hope this helped people who are researching for this topic and I hope you want to use this blog again. This was important for me because I wanted to learn this so in the future I could use this information to help me when I need it for theatre ideas.I have learned that thanks to Ancient Greece we have theatre and entertainment or without it we would just now trying to figure it all out.
Hey guys! I have been researching and wondered why were the masks in acting such a big deal so I researched and found my answers. Hope this helps you all out!
Masks in Ancient Greek time made the expressions more exaggerated in different roles. For example in tragedies the masks seem so lifelike since the emotions are very real in the expressions. The Greek masks also allowed people farther away from the stage to still see the expressions and the movement instead of the real person's face. The masks also helped the actors by allowing them to play different roles and even different genders. The masks also helped project voices more like a microphone. The masks were different in each play like for a comedy the masks were ugly for the audience to laugh at. The masks were made up of different light materials like wood, linen, cork, and sometimes real hair to make the characters look real. The masks were in a shape almost like a helmet which covered the face but not the mouth for the actor to speak through and the eyes also had holes for the actor to see through. The mouth figure was big enough for the person to speak through but was not big enough for the audience to see the lips moving. Though there is no real physical examples from the past there are paintings and pictures still alive that show the form.
Click here for the links to the website I got my information from, Actor Mask and Mask
Hey guys! Its me again and I wanted to learn what the actors wore in shows, so I did some research for you guys. Enjoy! Costumes in theatre have been a very important because they show what character, gender, or social class you are representing. When in a tragic role on the stage the actor wore boots called cothurness which gave that actor higher respect than the other actors. Men in Greek was only allowed to act not women, even in a female role. To trick the audience in thinking that the male is a female the man wore a prosterneda which imitated breast. Men also wore a progastreta in front of the belly for female roles. In the earlier time of Greek theatre the costumes were mostly body paint and natural materials to represent birds or other creatures. Poets later in that time in Greek introduced new clothes like the "chiton" and the "hemuteon". "Chiton" was worn long and made out of linen or silk. "Hemateon" was made out of wool and was exterior clothing which was worn over the shoulders. The clothing in theatre have been decorated more than usually for the stage. In the 2nd century "kothornoi" (shoes with high heels) were introduced.
Here is the link to where I got my information, "Ancient Greek Actors Clothing"
Hey Guys! I've been having sometime to research and I have the answer to my main question!
The actors were first chosen by poets which were lower in the in the respect since this was the first time actors came on stage. Then when acting was getting more famous the actors had to be professional which brought more respect. The actors position in theatre kept growing so the competition was harder so professional actors were needed. The respect kept getting higher and higher until the state had to choose the actors which gave the actors high respect especially the leads in shows. The actors were addressed as ambassadors. In the 5th century the actors have became significant members of the greek society which brought the most respect other than the government. The actors also had to be just men, no women were allowed to act back then. Even if it was a female part a male would play it by tricking the audience with a plate worn underneath the costumes. In the 5th century all the actors were rich and well payed.
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Welcome to my blog, I am Natalie and will be guiding all of you through the past of Ancient Greek Actors. Since I was a little I loved learning the past of different times of how actors were treated. I discovered this love when I first saw this performance and I instantly wanted to learn what the actors lives were off stage. I plan on looking at different vases, mask, and paintings to see how the actors were treated. I will look through the history of all the actors in Ancient Greek. I am so excited to start researching!