Informative Speech Essay
The center of the stage is where I am. I am surrounded by a thousand or so people. The sound of the organ blasts through my ears. The lights leave a warm feeling over my body but all I can see around me is the darkness of the walls. I am standing in the Sydney Opera House. (BEGIN SLIDE) The Sydney Opera House, located in Sydney, Australia, is one of the most majestic buildings in the world. In its short time, the Sydney Opera House has earned the reputation of a world-class performing arts center & has become a symbol of the Sydney & Australian nation. END SLIDE) An expert evaluation reported to the World Heritage Committee stating: “…it stands by itself as one of the indisputable masterpieces of human creativity, not only in the 20th century but in the history of humankind. ” Today, I am going to inform you about the three theatres inside the Sydney Opera House; the Drama theatre, the Joan Sutherland theatre & the Concert theatre. (BEGIN SLIDE) The smallest theatre in the Sydney Opera House is the Drama Theatre, seating 544 guests. The Drama theatre is considered one of the most unique spaces in the Sydney Opera House.
The inside of this theatre has black walls & blue carpet. It also has a low ceiling that is made of refrigerated aluminum panels that help create an even temperature. (END SLIDE) The theatre is equipped with a flying system & two revolving concrete stages. The stage curtain is known as the Curtain of the Moon because it is woven in dark colors. The seating in the theatre is designed to create amazing sights & sounds from all angles. There have been many performances in this theatre including Bell Shakespeare & the Sydney Theatre Company. BEGIN SLIDE) The second largest theatre in the Sydney Opera House is the Joan Sutherland Theatre, which was formerly known as the Opera Theatre, seats 1,547 guests. This theatre is paneled in wood to help with acoustic sound. Just like the Drama theatre, the Joan Sutherland theatre’s walls & ceilings are also painted black. (END SLIDE) This helps the audience to focus more on the stage. The stage in this theatre has an opening of 38 feet wide, 24 feet high & 82 feet deep. It also has a revolve with four platforms that raise & lower the set between sceneries & also has a flying system.
The stage curtain in this theatre is known as the Curtain of the Sun because it is made of wood with abstract patterns in bright, warm colors. The seating is made of white birch timber with red upholstery. This theatre was originally intended for symphony but has become the key performance space for Opera Australia & the Australia Ballet. (BEGIN SLIDE) The largest theatre in the Sydney Opera House is the Concert Theatre, seating 2,679 guests. The Concert Theatre is considered the Sydney Opera House’s most prestigious venue. The ceiling of this theatre rises 82 feet above the platform. END SLIDE) The upper walls are paneled with white birch plywood. The lower walls, stairs, seating boxes & stage platform are paneled with a hard brown, brush box. This same type of wood is used throughout the Sydney Opera House. (BEGIN SLIDE) Above the platform there are 18 adjustable rings that assist the musicians by reflecting the sound of the instruments straight back to them. (END SLIDE) The volume of the theatre is 880,000 cubic feet which gives a reverberation time of about 2 seconds. This allows symphonic music to be heard with a full, rich & mellow tone. BEGIN SLIDE) The Concert Theatre is also home to the largest mechanical tracker action organ in the world with 10,500 pipes. (END SLIDE) Performances in this theatre include the Sydney Symphony & Australian Chamber Orchestra. In conclusion to my speech I hope you have learned a little about the Drama theatre, the Joan Sutherland theatre & the Concert theatre just like I have. So, next time you’re at a concert or a ballet try to use your imagination, surround yourself with these structures & think of being in the Sydney Opera House. And just remember “All the world’s a stage. ”