The Viper Vibe
Theater continues to thriveFriday, April 13, 2012 By Pamela Vera/Staff Reporter
For eras, live theater has been a part of the American culture. It has been a way that the country’s people express themselves and has been an outlet for people who are in the need for a distraction from the hardships of life. As time passed, the culture of this country changed and evolved along with its people. Theater has been a reflection of that change. Now that technology has taken over society, the art of the live theater has been reshaped. It has also been replaced with different forms of entertainment by many people, many times depending on their backgrounds and incomes. According to a national survey, most regular theatergoers are in their 40’s and 50’s. I have had friends who would rather watch movies instead of sitting down to watch a play, and musicals appear cheesy or boring to some of them. However, there are still many teenagers that love the theater and appreciate it for what it’s worth. Even so, there are many who do not even know how to behave as an audience because they have barely been exposed to the theater, as I have noticed while attending school shows throughout my life. I didn’t know what musical theater was until I started taking drama in middle school. I soon began to enjoy watching recordings of shows new and old. Each live musical or play is a one-of-a-kind performance that emanates human energy and that should be appreciated or at least respected. Although I have never watched a professional live show, I have seen amateur and school shows, and have even participated in one of them. A live musical play or drama includes not only the performers themselves, but also the audience. In fact, the audience plays a huge role. Of course we are all used to multitasking in front of the television or movie screen, but the audience of a live show should be as much involved as the performers. If the show is performed to a rude or unappreciative audience, the energy and satisfaction is not the same at the end. Despite our changing world, theater still exists everywhere. It is still something that reflects our culture and brings people together. New shows are waiting to be produced, and new talents are still exploring the world of theater. It is up to us to keep the theater alive and breathing along with the rest of the modern world.