--> Not many actors and actresses perform in theatres, mainly in movies.
--> If you want to see a theatre production, you have to go somewhere exclusive.
--> Plays are more expensive.
--> Movies are worldwide.
--> Special effects in movies.
In today's society, movies are significantly outstanding in technology and popularity. This significantly increases the special effects in movies otherwise plays are more exclusive and there is a low amount of professional actors and actresses performing plays. Due to these reasons that I have classified here for you, it would be obviously clear by my second and third speaker that theatre is a dying art form. Movies are generally increasing popularity.
2 main aspects of this topic is the fact that not many actors and actresses perform in theatres, they mainly perform in movies. Another aspect is the fact that theatre productions are produced in exclusive areas, whether it is the country or in a stylish city. Actors and actresses are the main highlights of a theatre production and a film. They are used to tell a story of which it is from a real life story or from something made up.
The exclusive aspect of a theatre production is that they are rarely found in the area that is enclosed around you. On the other movies are produced worldwide and are performed by many famous actors and actresses, such as Leonardo Di Caprio and Hugh Jackman.
Theatre (especially musical theatre) is by far my favorite art form. Seeing it and being in it gives me emotions and glee like nothing else. It is amazing, but society does not really agree. Many people consider theatre to be "gay" and "stupid". Most people go to movies, not live theatre. Many schools are cutting arts programs. Many kids dream of being the next Tim Tebo or next Ariana Grande, not to be the next Barbara Steisand, Lea Michele or Norbet Leo Butz. Many people do not realize that theatre is moe than just singing and dancing. They do not realize how comedic, risqué, and spectacular it can be. Most people do not listen to showtunes. Theatre is getting so costly, so many people can't afford to see it. Many people only see shows while in New York or at the West End. Theatre is commonly thought of as a tourist activity, not something to do often.
I think it has been dying but I also think that after the creation of musicals like Hamilton, it has made theatre a little bit more popular than it has been. I'm still at a loss for words when constantly people say that they would much rather just see a movie rather than see a play or musical. In theatre you get a connection with the actors and audience that you just can't get in movies. Theatre can be so unpredictable sometimes that you can see the same show twice and be completely different experiences.
I don't think that theatre will ever TRULY die out. It will always exist, and there will always be those passionate about it, but it's just not as popular as other art mediums nowadays, which have better, more creative, and more entertaining forms of storytelling. I'm not one for theatre myself, but if you like it, keep on trying to keep it alive. Any form of art should try and be as well preserved as possible, since art is humanity's greatest achievement. Whether it be film, music, painting, theatre, etc. KEEP. IT. ALIVE.
The theatre that is dying is theatre that refuses to adapt.
Big theatre, big budgets, big actors, big designers- put them all together and you get some okay story telling that's fiscally conservative and concerned with the bottom line for a good reason- they've got a lot of people to support.
The theatre that is coming alive doesn't live in a building. Doesn't worry about insurance. Doesn't operate with a stage manager, a casting director, a props artisan, a carver, Equity actors, and big name designers/directors. It's fiscally unconcerned. It comes pouring from the heart and splashing out of the gutters.
For those who make the argument that theatre has been around forever are forgetting that 'forever' did not include modern technology. How long can theatre compete with an APP that provides cheap entertainment in the comfort of one's own home at any hour of the day or night? Outside of theatre lovers, (who do not reflect the 'majority' of society,) and the WWII generation, (who is dead or dying), who is keeping theatre alive? The argument here isn't whether or not theatre is worthy. I suspect anyone writing here thinks it is already. The question is, 'is it a dying art form.' Meaning, if no one comes to watch it, can it still exist. (Beyond back yards and tiny black box performance spaces.)
Now a days in the 21st century everyone is all about people like Lea Michele and Orlando Bloom. They make people want to go out and watch more movies not musical theater. Musical theater is going out of the window now that there are special effects and excitement in movies. You can get way more out of movies then musical theater.
No one really care about anything other than their video games, Facebook, texting, television, no one has enough sense to look for the old stuff. The old stuff that is still good, no one wants to find the buried treasure that is old school plays and musical theater. People now a days are to dumb to realize what they are missing, and it is making them sadder more sour people.
Unfortunately, theatre is evolving into the high action intensity that we know as movies. People would much rather spend $2 on a movie in the comfort of their home than spend $35 to travel (usually quite far) and sit in a theatre. Again, theatre is evolving into the technological age. Movies are great, but so is theatre. Society has come to think of theatre as a once in a year kind of deal.
If theatre can survive drastic changes like the invention of electricity, the new architectural advances, changing fashion, and many other things, then it can adapt and survive to whatever else our society throws at it. Theatre has been "dying" since it was invented, and it's still around. That should say something.
We can take for an example : commercial music, it lasts for like 3 months and then everyone forgets it. It is also what is happening to movies, it's just a matter of time until someone says "forget this, here's this new innovating thing", and they are gone. Nevertheless, for theatre, there will always be people who are passionate about performing plays or watching them, Being so, theatre isn't a dying art form
Theatre should have almost nothing to do with shows or entertainment. It is a place of aliveness, organic interaction, modern rituals and real activating playfulness. Cinema and movies (and computers) have freed theatre from the burden of creating entertainment and "shows" that offer the sometimes needed escapist processes and therefore opened the way for theatre's real mission. Now theatre can become the place of true life and even truth in all of its possible levels. The direction is still a little bit "unseen" but it is already happening happening happening. Theatre has to transform completely that is comparable to dying but it will very quickly be reborn and it will cause the greatest revolution ever in human civilization. No other field of society can produce the processes that we need to maintain humanness and our aliveness. In the age of violent and uncontrolled virtuality we will need the balancing power that comes from "organic interaction culture". Theatre and theatrical processes can produce this but the architecture of the processes is still waiting to be created and designed. Theatre professionals need move energy and intention from "show culture" to a "process culture" that will bring people really what they need. Especially the theatrical training has to start from children and young people because most people over thirty (unfortunately) are difficult to return in connection with their creative aliveness and their own "theatricality" skills and abilities. Hope is still not lost for anyone. If you really desire to return to your aliveness, go to theatre, especially find a theatrical process that will help you to feel, move, express and breath. (instead of dissapearing into watching more and more movies and fall deeper into a state of passiveness and illness) (I want to say that I also appreciate great movies, but also there are thousands of terrible nonsense being created every year and multiply that with some millions and you will get the number how many nonsense movies are being watched every year)
There are many supporting reasons why it is and why it is not. But honestly, there are so many universities with minors and majors in the theatre field. And as a musical theatre major, they are extremely competitive. One thought is that not many young people enjoy the theatre, but in reality, there are just as many children, teens, and young adults that love the art as hockey or golf. I like to think it will be around for a while. I has obviously changed from the "golden age" of theatre when it was the main source of entertainment, and it will never be at that point again. But with contemporary musicals and plays evolving, they are also developing new audiences. Younger ones especially. It will not die, but it will change. Who knows how it will be 50 years from now, but I'm certain it will still be here and still be considered an art form.
Broadway is seeing booming numbers more and more. Weekly polls on BroadwayWorld.Com show the huge profits gained each week from the amount of shows that are attended. Most colleges and universities offer majors and minors in musical theatre. Entire programs in schools, commonly known as the Cappies Program, are centered around theatre in schools, seeing shows, and being able to review them. Even scrolling through social media such as Instagram, there are hundreds, if not thousands of accounts dedicated to Broadway and performance, and even more young people who wish to perform on Broadway when they are older. Even asking admissions offices at colleges such as DeSales, Pace, and Hofstra, tens of thousands of students audition for their Musical Theatre major every year. Community theatres are increasingly common, and even local community activities have come to list their summer stages as one of them. Movies will always be big, but Broadway will also hold its place. And like many things, it's not dying, but changing. We are no longer in the time of South Pacific or Anything Goes, or the time of Ethel Merman. We are changing. Musicals are becoming increasingly contemporary, branching out to a wider demographic. The new musical Hamilton, which is sold out for the next several months, features rap, hip-hop, and some elements of classical musical theatre. Classic shows like Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera are continuing to run as they have been for three decades. Living theatre will never die, but will change to meet our tastes.
Theatre is a branch of art and art will never really die. No matter what we do, art will be apart of our lives. Things may change and theatre may not be a priority as it once was but it will never fade completely. Theatre can also be defined broader than it is. Anything that involves a person taking their time to see anything performed that give you an emotion can be known as theatre although the most common idea of theatre is a play. But I do believe that theatre is less known than it was. We are slowly but surely consuming all our time and energy in electronic devices and moving away from the theatre. Its tragic but in this day in age, anything is possible and it could come back stronger than it ever was.
Theatre isn't only alive, it's FLOURISHING. Do you know how large the community of people who love musical theatre is? Wicked, the Adams Family, the Amazing Spiderman?! These are all either fairly new shows or currently popular ones. Heck, even those who don't enjoy most theatre performances know about these shows!
Let's also look at this from another perspective. There are different forms of theatre all over the world! Chinese opera for example! Theatre in Europe, Australia, the UK, and Canada is widely seen, as well!
How about Broadway? Look at the facts - during the 2006 to 2007 season, close to 1 billion dollars in tickets (12 million to be exact) were sold to fans watching all sorts of musicals. These are some large numbers - even when comparing them to those to decades before!
And how can we forget about Shakespeare? It has been more than 500 years since these indescribable plays were written, and yet we continue to marvel at these shows time and time again.
To conclude, theatre, be it musical, play, or opera, is certainly not dying out. Indeed, these works of art will be enjoyed for centuries to come.
I really don't think that theater is dead because I think theater is a beautiful thing for others to enjoy the entertainment. Theater has lots of culture, drama, and creativity, so many people enjoy theater. Theater isn't the only art, they're is opera, soap opera, movies, stories, and school plays.
Despite the creation of several new creative sources of expression, the theater remains a viable and even thriving form of entertainment for millions of people every single year. New plays are incredibly popular. For example, the Book of Mormon is one of the most successful stage shows of all time.
No-one will ever let go of the truly live experience that is theatre. Maybe it is time for new and upcoming artists to share their work so that the same drivel isn't done over and over again, maybe then people can understand that theatre and what could be called the live spectacle will never die.