With the impending advance of modern technology, it's hard to find the relevance of classic arts in modern society. Other forms of entertainment slowly but surely overtake performing arts like theater. The moving pictures, the television and the internet have arguably larger audiences than show halls, but the importance of the latter is still indisputable at the break of the 21st century.
Ever since its early beginnings, the theater played a significant educational role in society. Ancient plays debated and caricaturized poor morals along with stringent political themes. Medieval theater compositions depicted a broad range of contemporary events for their times, and they were the primary form of entertainment for centuries in a row.
The modern theater has not lost its purpose, and it educates masses of people around the world through most of its comedies and dramas. Going to play nowadays can open your perspective on social issues, psychological problems, and cultural discrepancies.
The theater is an all-welcoming temple for artists of various crafts. Besides the obvious presence of actors, actresses and directors, a broad range of top-quality performers can practice their skills in the preparation of play. Set designers, painters, musicians and visual artists are just some of the few craftsmen that have their well-established roles on and around the stage.
Theater also helps you see the world differently and inspires you to create more art. A good play can boost your creative capacity and bring to the surface a stream of innovation that you never knew you had before. It is this fantastic chain of artistic performances that has enabled artists to inspire each other over time, and which can bring out the craftsman in you.
One might read a play by Shakespeare nowadays and relate to its subject immediately, even if it has been written over four hundred years ago. The great thing about classic theater is that it debates problems like social inequity, sexual discrimination, immigration and racial prejudice. Unfortunately, all of these themes seem to be contemporary with every generation, but by showcasing them on an open stage, we can make small steps towards their resolution.
The theater is quite simple: an author wants to display his vision on an issue, so he hires a handful of artists to give life to his words in front of a community. In some societies, and especially in the small ones, this type of presentation has a huge impact. People can see the consequences of corruption, betrayal or sin, and also the benefits of having an ethical behavior towards their fellow men.
Many communities experience a “come-together” feeling after attending a classic theater play. Humans have the natural need for acceptance, belonging and approval. By witnessing the debating of a moral issue together, most of the members feel these requirements satisfied and enriched. Therefore, theater maintains its importance in the 21st century, even if most of the people are hooked to their smartphones and TVs.