“Dance, vaudeville, drama, movies – as a child I loved everything that went on in a theater.” As James Broughton once said, seems to be the perfect depiction of dramaturgy. To me, drama is the way we unsheathe ourselves of worries and hop into the shoes of our new persona to perform a play.
Drama comes in many forms, be it in real life or here in Second Life, where we all can enjoy the wonder of the tremendous effort put into creating a virtual play. Theater companies in Second Life work hard to ensure quality shows to their audience, thus hiring the ones that are most charming, talented and passionate about putting on a great show. These people, who coalesce their ingenuity to create a vibrant and interesting play are those who know how to entertain people both in real and second life: It takes two to tango, thus the effort is multiplied by the amount of people who want to express themselves on a Second Life stage.
Moreover, it is only natural that such a time-consuming hobby would require a very organized schedule and members that take part in it. To give you a penny for your thoughts, try to imagine that Second Life, being an online game it only means that time zones are a major problem, therefore we run into our first obstacle: dedication. Those actors, who give their blood, sweat and tears to work out a show in Second Life are highly appreciated for their service, and what we receive in return is quality entertainment. Those outside of Second Life might not give it a second chance, therefore at the drop of the hat they would believe that it’s all easier than it seems and there is not much labor put behind online plays. However, those who carry this ignorance are truly not frequent clients of these shows; It’s easy to let such an opinion circulate in the actors’ minds and make them lose motivation, therefore having the show get out of hand. But those who stay until the end will only be pleased through their work, and so will their eager audience.
Even more so, drama companies in Second Life, together with the actors, aim to deliver something unseen by the eyes of those outside Second Life, which is a virtual play. They must be satisfied with their work, not only because they dedicate a lot of their time to build the scene, create the scripts and perform, but also because this brings them experience, which once earned upon themselves they can use it later, both in “SL” and “RL”. Surely, there are things to be done in order to improve the health or “popularity” if that is the term you fancy more of these virtual plays. However, that fate remains in the hands of the public and how much they want to watch “SL” plays. George Bernard Shaw said that, “Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will.” Therefore, if we want to put ourselves out there and create something worth watching, we have to come together using our imagination and devotion and give our best at all times in order to keep our audience engaged with Second Life plays.
To put it in a nutshell, Second Life plays are what we want to show to the audience who come to watch the efforts of actors. If these hard-working, talented and creative people would not give their time to manufacture a wonderful show, truly, “SL” would be slightly less colorful and interesting than before. One of my favorite idioms to end this article with would most definitely be, “Elvis has left the building.” The show has come to an end. It’s all over.