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Subject: Arts: Performing Arts

Performing Arts Series

This series of performing arts' programs includes documentaries, dramatic live performances, and intriguing behind-the-scenes' specials in the worlds of theatre and music. Series: 11 programs (10 to 100 minutes). Click for more

Final Curtain (Behind-the-Stage Stories of Four Famous Theatres)

"Highly Recommended. Audiences will want to stand and cheer for this engaging documentary that takes viewers behind the scenes to learn secrets of the past at four of the world's most famous theatres." -National Review
What do the Garnier Opera House, the Globe Theatre, the Winter Garden Theatre, and the Arena di Verona have in common? These world famous theatres not only have witnessed artistic perfection that has brought countless audiences to their feet in applause, but also each is home to true-life tragedy. First we travel to the Garnier Opera House in Paris, where an accident inspired journalist Gaston Leroux's 1922 novel, The Phantom of the Opera. This opulent homage to the first city of Europe was built by Charles Garnier and took 15 years to complete, but it is most famous for an actual incident that killed a member of the audience. Next we travel to London and the banks of the Thames River. There we view the Globe Theatre, an adaptation of the original structure first built in 1599. It was in the Globe Theatre in 1606 that the first performance of Shakespeare's Macbeth was seen, and it is said that the witches' incantations have cursed the theatre ever since that time. The building burned to the ground in 1613 but was rebuilt on the same foundations, only to be torn down by the Puritan government later in that century. Even today no actor or stagehand will say the name of the play in the theatre for fear of its curse. In Toronto, Canada, there is a curious connection between the American Public Enemy #1 John Dillinger and the Winter Garden Theatre. This grand building was part of a chain of vaudeville theatres but closed at the advent of sound movies. In 1989 the seats from Chicago's Biograph Theatre, where Dillinger sat moments before being shot by the FBI, were installed in the Winter Garden as part of its renovation. The final tragedy takes place in Italy at the Arena di Verona. This outdoor venue was constructed by Romans over 2,000 years ago, and hundreds of condemned criminals were publicly killed, gladiators fought, and heretics were burned at the stake in the Arena. Today tragedy is seen on the stage only, where over 450 performances of the dramatic opera Aida have been performed since 1913. A Souleado production distributed in association with CCI Releasing, Inc. 06/09DE JSCA 60 min.
Also See: Exploring Shakespeare Series; Playing Shakespeare; Geniuses: Copernicus, Shakespeare, Franklin, Da Vinci

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