Episode 1: Lights, Colours, Magic!
Episode 2: Shadow Play and Magic
The Invisible Power of Sound
Time taken : ~10mins
Have you ever wondered how lighting designers create different lighting effects and colour combinations on stage? Did you know that the primary colours of light are different from the primary colours in paint? Can you guess what colour you get when you mix all the colours of light? (Hint: it's not the same as when you mix all the colours of paint.) Find out in this first episode of Theatre Magic!
Follow PIP, Esplanade's most colourful and friendliest face, as he goes on a journey to discover the magic of theatre lighting and colours. Look out for the D.I.Y section at the end of the video too, where you can try your hand at mixing your own coloured lights at home.
Did you know that shadow play is one of the oldest forms of storytelling? It is often used with puppetry to project silhouettes of characters and objects on a screen. Shadow puppetry is wildly popular around the world but especially so in Asia—have you ever watched a wayang kulit performance? That's a form of shadow puppetry too!
Other times, shadows can also be used to create theatrical effects on stage. Shadows can be used to create all sorts of illusions and transport audiences to different worlds! In this second episode of Theatre Magic, come along on another journey with PIP as he discovers the magic behind shadow play. Learn how you can experiment with objects and lights to create different shadows and let your imagination run wild!
*BOOM!* Have you ever been shocked by a sudden, loud clap of thunder? Imagine that in a theatre! Sound can make a show come to life and is one of the most important elements of theatre. Much like in the movies, different types of sound effects and sound design can make people feel different types of emotions—and it can also make a scene much more exciting!
Sound design for the theatre these days is often produced with the help of computers and modern day equipment like sound boards, but have you ever wondered how sound effects were made before we had all this technology? What do you think are some of things that can affect sound in a theatre space? Follow PIP in this last episode of Theatre Magic as he goes on a final journey to discover the invisible power of sound. Learn the secrets of how sound is made from a special guest and find out how you can create your very own sound effects too!
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