Melodramas are moral tales that illustrate a battle between good and evil, where good would triumph and bring morality or justice to society. Rather than have realistic characters, the melodrama had what are known as stock characters, or characters based on set personalities or stereotypes. In this workshop, students discover:
THE HERO: Who is moral, handsome and manly. He acts on his intuition and is in-tune to nature. And, while he believes in justice, he does not always follow the less-important rules of society.
THE HEROINE: Who is also moral, in that she is innocent. She is also beautiful and courageous, but likely needs saving.
THE VILLAIN: Who is evil. These characters are often dishonest, greedy, vengeful and corrupt. ADD ON: A villain’s accomplice, who is usually rather idiotic and serves as comic relief.
THE FAITHFUL SERVANT: Who helps the hero uncover needed information on the villain. This character also serves a comic relief, but does not come off as idiotic.
THE MAIDSERVANT: Who is flirty, fun and loyal to the heroine.
Devised by: Clint Bolster
Directed by: Clint Bolster
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