William Wheatley And Broadway Theaters
Listen to part of a lecture in a theater history class.
- What is the main purpose of the lecture?
- A. To describe the influence of opera on Broadway productions
- B. To explain how new technology allowed for enhancements to Broadway productions
- C. To evaluate financial decisions made by theater owner William Wheatley
- D. To examine elements that set a particular theatrical production apart from earlier ones
- What was typical of theatrical productions in the United States before the 1860s?
[CHOOSE 2 ANSWERS]
- A. The productions originated outside of the United States.
- B. Only a limited segment of society attended the productions.
- C. People attended the productions because they were interested in the plots.
- D. The themes of the productions were typically related to the upper class.
- According to the professor, what was a reason for a change in theatrical productions in the United States during the 1860s?
- A. A growing middle class was in need of entertainment.
- B. Wealthy theater advocates provided additional funding for new productions.
- C. The interest of theatergoers shifted from opera to ballet.
- D. A new artistic movement was founded by a group of actors.
- Why does the professor mention moveable floorboards on the stage in Wheatley’s production?
- A. To explain the reason for an unexpected technical problem
- B. To highlight one of the production’s innovative features
- C. To point out a similarity between early and modern theater in the United States
- D. To give an example of a modification that was made for the ballet troupe
- What was the audience’s reaction to the transformation scene in Wheatley’s production?
- A. The audience was disappointed by the scene’s short duration.
- B. The audience was confused by the scene’s unfamiliar elements.
- C. The audience was amazed by the scene-changing process.
- D. The audience was impressed at how quickly the stage crew moved objects onto the set.
- According to the professor, what is one way in which Wheatley’s production was different from modern musicals?
- A. The performers in Wheatley’s production performed more than one role.
- B. Wheatley’s production was created for the upper class.
- C. The songs in Wheatley’s production did not include lyrics.
- D. The musical numbers in Wheatley’s production did not correspond with the plot.
D AB A B C D