Objective: Act 1 The setting of Master Class is sparse. The piano and the lights are the only embellishments until Maria Callas enters. The few props that Maria calls for create a setting that helps illuminate Maria's character. This lesson will explore the significance of the setting of Act I.
1) Class Discussion: Discuss with the class how the sparse setting works well to create a backdrop for Maria's personality. With just the lights on her and a piano off to her side, how do they think this creates the feeling of a performance? Why is it important that Maria is the one to call for props that become a part of the setting? What does this suggest about how setting influences our understanding of character?
2) Small Group Activity: Identify the different items that Maria calls for. How does each one add to the setting of the play?
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