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Suspend Your Disbelief, Graham Kurtz Mar 2004

Suspend Your Disbelief, Graham Kurtz

Honors Theses

In an ideal world, every theatre patron would recognize the important concept referred to as "suspension of disbelief." It is a proverbial contract "signed" by the audience member in which he or she agrees to subscribe to the ideas, characters, and circumstances portrayed by the actors they are about to watch. In many cases, these aspects of the production are highly out of the ordinary and require the audience to play along, otherwise any message or theme being communicated will be lost on the theatre-goers. The title of this cabaret performance is a demand that the audience allow the performers ...


Allusions And Historical Models In Gaston Leroux's The Phantom Of The Opera, Joy A. Mills Jan 2004

Allusions And Historical Models In Gaston Leroux's The Phantom Of The Opera, Joy A. Mills

Honors Theses

Gaston Leroux's 1911 novel, The Phantom of the Opera, has a considerable number of allusions, some of which are accessible to modern American audiences, like references to Romeo and Juliet. Many of the references, however, are very specific to the operatic world or to other somewhat obscure fields. Knowledge of these allusions would greatly enhance the experience of readers of the novel, and would also contribute to their ability to interpret it. Thus my thesis aims to be helpful to those who read The Phantom of the Opera by providing a set of notes, as it were, to ...