The Phantom of the Opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber versus My Fair Lady by Frederick Loewe

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The Phantom of The Opera which was playing at the Krannert Center in Champaign was what I thought to be a high budgeted play because of the props, scenery, and costumes that the actors wore. My Fair Lady which was playing at The Sunshine Company of Champaign was not as expensive as the Krannert Center and was shown through the costumes and quality of actors that gave the play life. I chose these two production companies because I wanted to experience one play that was of high quality and one which lacked high quality. The most notable missing quality in My Fair Lady was the use of specific and dated scenery to the times. The theater which this play was given at was a small and old building with a medium sized stage that was barely large enough to house two scenes one indoor and one outdoor. The acting was what I considered to be good for the money with which they probably make. The men in this play did not give enough energy to the audience and never made me feel like I was in the play. They had no enthusiasm for what they were doing. The women, especially the lead character Eliza Doolittle, was a decent actress in that she used her energy wisely during the times when Eliza would get upset or angry at the other characters. The design elements that were used in the creation of the scenery would not be considered good quality. There was no use of proper weight, meaning that the stage was equipped with only two chairs and shelves which held books that could be seen to be fake, while the outdoor scene consisted of a street with the curbing and a brick wall painted in the backdrop. The doors looked as if they should have been wider because when the actors came through the door they would have to turn sideways just enough to be noticed. The one element that was utilized correctly was that the stage was not bunched into one side or the other. The combinations of colors also was nicely highlighted as shown in the outdoor scene where the grass was a pleasant deep green and the brick wall was a deep, smooth red. My personal opinion of this production and the theater would be that it was of course low budgeted but yet the actors and actresses gave a good performance with what they had to work with money wise.

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