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so essential for setting the mood of the scene. Before, I used to think that the lights were just on the stage or maybe sometimes just on the main characters. There is reason for this, I have learned, after reading this passage. The picture on page 132 of four women and their umbrellas was very interesting. The lighting that is cast down upon them gives me an eerie feeling. Then on page 133, there is lighting being done both in subtle and flamboyant fashions. There is a very ghostly man floating above his jail cell, and he is able to look like that through special lighting. You see, then, how important lighting is. I never used to see it that way. I almost wish that I knew about these things back in high school, so that I would have been able to appreciate theater better. The talk about costumes also brought me back to high school plays. Our costumes usually were always really nice. Costumes really do make the show. Without great costumes, your audience may not know how great a character really is. What about the makeup? We had people come in from the Pittsburgh Theater to do our makeup and it was very lifelike, so at least I had some professional things that I could work with and appreciate. In chapter 6, the passages are focused around “the director”. This chapter got me thinking about how directors really work, what they feel, and how they think when directing a play. While reading about “casting”, I thought about my director Mr. Gryn. He always knew whom to pick for the best parts of the play. There was one kid, whom I know personally, that was very comical. Mr. Gryn knew that too, so when it came time for “Wizard of Oz”, this person was picked to be the cowardly lion. When it came to “Peter Pan”, he was Mr. Smee. Then in “Bye Bye Birdie”, he was Mr. McCafee. He always stole the show, since he could always make the audience laugh. The director knew that. Like it saying in the book The People in A Play, the actors not only attract more audience than any other aspect of the play, but they also represent what the audience care about and will remember the next day. Now, in chapter 9, “The Critic”, I experience the audience perspective. I remember when I went to see the “Nutcracker” at the Pittsburgh Theater. I was able to be the audience that time, and was able to draw my own critical perspective of the play. Now when I go to see a play, I will be able to use the five perspectives test that I learned about in the passage. These are human and personal significance, artistic quality, theatrical expression and capacity to learn. After learning those, I am able to go back and think about the “Nutcracker”, thus putting the critical perspectives into the play. The play had a lot of artistic quality. It was a ballet performance, which made every move have to be artistic. They also had a human and personal significance because they had to act out their feelings through dance. The play “Nutcracker”, was a great production, and I would like to see it again now that I have a better appreciation for it. Taking this theater class has helped me appreciate the acting world. I am glad that I have seen and been in theater performances before, because when looking back now, I can relate to so many things. About a month ago, I saw the play “Cat Among the Pigeons”. I could relate with so many things that I had learned in theater class and in my book. I was able to enjoy and understand the play much better. I believe that taking this course has really changed my views on theater for the better.