A Site Devoted to the Study of Renaissance and Baroque Theatrical Spectacle

Recent West End and Broadway productions such as Phantom of the Opera, Sunset Boulevard, and The Lion King have become popular, in part, because of their use of technology for the creation of spectacular effects. Most of the basic techniques used in the modern theatre were developed or were polished in the sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. At the beginning of the seventeenth century opera evolved from a courtly and scholarly activity to a popular entertainment, in part, because of its use technology for the creation of scenic spectacle.

the development of scenice spectacle


usittThis material is made possible, in part, by a grant from the New Initiatives Fund, United States Institute for Theatre Technology and by grants from the University Research Council, Cratis D. Williams Graduate School, Appalachian State University.


Dr. Frank Mohler
Department of Theatre & Dance
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC 28608

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