Підручник Англійська мова 7 клас для спеціалізованих навчальних закладів з поглибленим вивченням іноземної мови - Л.В. Калініна - Генеза 2015 рік

UNIT 6. On Screen and on Stage

6.2. Are you a theatre admirer?

Word Box

Phrase Box

Communication Box


to go down (up)

For a start … .


to receive a curtain call

To say more … .


to be a success (a failure)

First things first … .


amateur theatre

It’s an open secret.


to look at something with bated




to convey something

to somebody

to burst into applause

to have a creepy feeling

Br E - theatre

Am E - theater

I. Conversation Warm-up

Look at the photos and say what performances you can see at these theatres.

The Opera and Ballet House. The Drama Theatre. The Puppet Theatre. The Drama Musical Theatre. The Musical Comedy Theatre (Operetta).

Example: We can see a ballet performance at the Opera and Ballet House.

II. Pronunciation Warm-up

Listen to the chant and practise the sound /еі/. Say what interests you before you choose the performance to see.

Theatre Chant

- Have you read about a new play?

What did they say?

- They said the theatre had given a performance today.

- A new performance? Today?

Have you learned about composers, Ann?

What did they say?

- They said good music had been composed by them.

- Really? Let’s go to the theatre then.

III. Grammar Smart

Look and recall

If you want to make a suggestion or give orders to a group including yourself, use Let’s+infinitive without to.

Example: Let’s see the film together.


Use Let’s not+infinitive without to in the negative sentences.

Example: Let’s not discuss the film now.

a) Play a grammar opposite game as in the example.

Example: A: Let’s see the comedy.

B: Let’s not see this comedy.

b) Look at the pictures and give your suggestions.

Example: Let’s go to the cinema and see a new film.

Read and remember!

If you want to talk about things that someone can permit another person to do, use let+object+base form without to.

Example: My mum lets me go to the cinema with my friends.

If you want to talk about permission or lack of permission in the present or future, use am/is/are (not) allowed to do.

Example: The children are allowed to sit near the stage.

a) Play a grammar Nosy Parker game asking about permission from the following people.

Example: A: What do your parents let you do?

B: My parents let me see films late at night.

b) Make up 6 sentences on the table.

your parents;

your teacher;

your friend;

your grandma.




to choose the film I like.



to see horror films.



to shoot a film about my classmates.



to write a film script.



to play in a school performance.

My friends


to go to the theatre.

My brother/sister

to take pictures at the theatre.

Example: I am not allowed to see horror films.

IV. Word Smart

Look at the following words and word combinations and:

a) label the parts of the theatre. Say where you like to sit at the theatre.

1. curtain

5. orchestra pit

2. stalls

6. dress circle

3. balcony

7. gallery

4. stage

8. aisle

Example: My favourite seat is in the stalls where I can see the stage better.

Example: As I’m a regular theatre-goer, I know the repertoire of our local theatre well.

c) Describe the spectators’ reaction when they are watching a performance.

to look at the stage with bated breath;

to burst into applause;

to be breathtaking;

to be a success/a failure;

to have a creepy feeling;

to get a powerful theatre experience.

Example: When the performance is interesting, I look at the stage with bated breath.

At Home: Write about the last performance you have seen in 8—10 sentences.

V. Time to Read

1. Read what children of different countries say about their theatre experiences and say if all of them have a positive attitude to the theatre.

BrE - centre

AmE - center

- My name is Dan, and I’m passionate about theatre. I’m interested in American theatre which is over two hundred years old.

Of course, the center of theatre life in America is in New York, and many people associate it with Broadway. It’s true because Broadway is a magnet for the best American talents. It’s an open secret that Broadway theatres are widely considered to represent the highest level of commercial theatre in the English-speaking world.

As I live in a musical family (my mum is an opera singer and my dad is a ballet dancer), I adore musicals and my most memorable performance is “The Phantom of the Opera” - the longest running Broadway musical. You probably know that this musical is based on Gaston Leroux’s novel which was made into a stage play, and the music was composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber. The story centers around the mysterious phantom of the Paris Opera House and his love for the singer Christine Daae.

The stage direction is simply fantastic. For a start, the scenery is amazing and some scenes are really breathtaking. I had a creepy feeling when the Phantom was flying over the theatre! And the music was really divine! When the curtains went down, the actors received many curtain calls and flowers. To say more, I would give everything away for it. I strongly recommend everybody to see it.

- I am Alice from Britain. All learners of English know that Britain is famous for its playwright and poet William Shakespeare. In Shakespeare’s birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon, there is the world famous Royal Shakespeare Theatre which stages the plays of our great countryman.

Last spring Miss Ward, our Literature teacher, took us to this theatre to see the play “Romeo and Juliet”. It was the greatest holiday for all of us! But first things first.

The majestic building of the theatre is situated on the picturesque bank of the river Avon. The spectators may take a riverside walk from the Bancroft Gardens, past the theatre to Holy Trinity Church. As we came early, we also had a chance to enjoy it.

The inside of the theatre was also very impressive. Miss Ward said that the theatre is called a ‘one-room’ theatre because it allows the actors and the audience to share the same space, as they did when Shakespeare’s plays were first produced. And really the stage reached out into the audience who are seated on three sides of it. As we were sitting very close to the stage, I got the impression that the actors were talking to me personally. Sometimes I imagined myself to be Juliet and even tried to speak to Romeo. You see, it was my first and very powerful theatre experience. I’m happy I’ve got it at this great place.

- I’m Oksana. As I live in a small town, there is only one musical drama theatre in my town and I never miss a chance of seeing a new performance there. My friends and I are real theatre-goers because our school amateur

drama society works under the guidance of our local theatre. Sometimes the stage director allows us to be present at the rehearsals and to see the acting of actors with our own eyes. So we know nearly all the repertoire of the theatre.

I believe our theatre is especially good at staging plays of Ukrainian playwrights. My favourite performance is “Wedding in Malynivka”. I looked at the stage with bated breath and enjoyed every minute of it. The actors managed to convey the national Ukrainian spirit and humour to the audience. I’ve never laughed so much before! When the performance was over, the house burst into applause. All the spectators applauded standing and cried “Bravo!”

After the performance we were singing its funny songs and repeated the jokes! We decided to stage some episodes from this play and show them to our schoolfriends. I think it’ll be fun to see us in the roles of its funny characters. Don’t you think?

Across Cultures: the USA, Great Britain

Gaston Leroux (1868-1927), a famous French writer of mystery novels.

Andrew Lloyd Webber - a very successful English writer of musicals.

Performance vs Play

See First Aid Kit: Word Meaning

to stage - stage

to rehearse - rehearsal

to applaud - applause

See First Aid Kit: Word Building, p. 224

to perform - performance

to guide - guidance

2. Fill in the correct form of the word.

1. Our theatre stages the plays of Ukrainian playwrights.


2. I don’t like such … at all.

to perform

3. The audience started to … greatly.


4. My friend is a great theatre … and goes to the theatre regularly.

to admire

5. The schoolmaster was present at our drama society … and was very pleased.

to rehearse

6. We staged a nice performance under the … of our Literature teacher.

to guide

3. Look at the pictures and say which of the children — Dan, Alice, Oksana — enjoyed this or that performance. Why was it memorable for him/her?

Example: Oksana enjoyed watching “Wedding in Malynivka”. The performance was funny and she laughed a lot.

VI. Time to Communicate

a) Act as one of the children and describe your visit to the theatre.


to be a success;

to look at the stage with bated breath;

to convey something to the audience;

to burst into applause;

to receive curtain calls;

to enjoy every minute of the performance;

amateur theatre / musical / drama;

to recommend something to see.

b) In pairs, discuss your interests in theatre as in the pattern.


A: I say … , where are you going, so beautifully dressed?

B: Don’t you know? Today … at our local theatre and I never miss a chance of … .

A: They say the performance … and … .

B: Exactly. I adore … . It always … and what … ?

A: I’m not a great theatre-goer as you are, but … .

B: What is your most … , I wonder?

A: Not long ago I … and enjoyed every minute of it.

B: Really? Why … ?

A: For a start … . Besides … was fantastic and … was … .

B: I see … produced a lasting impression on you. Let’s … .

A: Thank you for inviting me, but … . Perhaps some other day.

B: OK.

VII. Time to Write

Write a letter to your friend about your theatre experience.


Dear … ,

I’m burning with impatience to tell you about my last visit to the theatre. I’m still under a great impression and want to share it with you. …

I hope to hear about your most memorable performance. Please, write to me soon.

Yours,… .

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