Looking at education or entertainment. There is a slight issue with musical theatre which we discussed briefly in class. Which is that musicals are always for entertainments due to the pretty dance and well sung songs. I personally would say this is obviously not true. Some musicals which would prove this would be musicals such as South Pacific it opens people’s minds to ongoing racism as well as creating a joyful show for the audience.
The audience contract would be how they brought their tickets if there even are tickets. Various examples would be the obvious which is theatre. With theatre shows you generally buy tickets. Compared to busking which is captive audience not so much shows however more so a performance. They normally do something they can repeat or keep going e.g. singing or playing instruments. Their audience contract would be near non-existent and they rely on people passing by and dropping change or even just gathering a small audience that moves on quickly. The main difference between these two styles is that if you pay for a ticket you feel obliged to watch the show even if you do not like the show much so you can get your ‘money’s worth’. Where with a busker you are not obliged to watch it at all and the majority of people will just pass by and put spare change in there.
Different platforms would be how you watched it. Or what platforms you use in the shows for example using projections or maybe it could be a moving theatre that the audience interacts with or even outside.
Ways of narrative would be how the show if interpreted. E.g. someone could find a hidden meaning in the show for example in South Pacific it has war happening during the show. This can tie in with racial theme. Some people may not realise this but if they do notice it this could affect what the show means to them. Most would say love anyone no matter what but noticing the war theme would change the theme into not just love anyone but world peace.
Joan, Babs and Sheila Too
This show would be for education purposes as it explains the life about Sheila and is her life story. The role of the performers would be to act. Although it has minimal dance in the show too. The way we brought tickets was via the college the audience contract would be via tickets. How we watched it was at the theatre. The narrative would be aimed at students due to the content you would not really aim it at a too young audience due to the understanding of the show. One thing this show does use as well to show facts about Joan and her life is projections on this cleverly designed piece of wood which can be projected on.
This show is for entertainment as well as education. The reason for this is the show is about racial themes and how they overcome it and the stereotypes. Although for the majority the songs are happy and expressive. The audience contract for this show would be either tickets to a theatre or via the film. The reason being this show has two ways you could have watched it. The role of the people in this musical would be to sing and act. Dance is not a major part in this musical. The narrative of this musical could change depending on how much you pay attention and connect themes of the shows together. For example, war is not too different from the main theme in the show which is racial lovers as war they fight for resources or even out of hate or segregation depending on the seriousness. Either noticing this can change the message the show sends out. Just noticing the obvious everyone would leave going on saying racism is bad and still exists however if they notice the connection to war it can have a much deeper meaning to the show.
This show is for pure entertainment as it has no education themes in the show. Similar to South Pacific this show has two ways of watching the show either film or theatre. Again this show has two ways of watching the show either in a theatre or via the film version. This show would mainly be aimed at younger audiences as it has lots of drugs and sex reference throughout the show. Possibly a show older teen students may want to watch. Due to the fun of the show and the typical love story with a slight twist by adding in the saucy and drug fuelled themes. Of course in the end the man gets the girl just like most typical love stories.