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ERIC Number: ED135030
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Aug
Pages: 34
Abstractor: N/A
Scene Design and Audience Analysis.
Caldwell, George
This report summarizes part of an investigation of audience response to theatrical settings; it proposes a direction for further research which would examine attitudinal relationships among theatre experts and laypersons, scenic designers, and directors; and it describes additional design-oriented quantitative studies. For the major investigation, two student groups--naive subjects (undergraduate, introductory theatre course students) and expert subjects (doctoral students in theatre)--viewed nine theatre productions and answered a five-part questionnaire. Results showed significant differences in the way in which the groups perceived the nine productions. In addition, the majority of the experts' responses were consistently less favorable than were responses of the naive group. Significant relationships between the semantic agreement of groups and the preferences for settings suggest that designers do communicate specifically, through settings, to the audience. Tables of findings illustrate the text. (JM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A