What is the main purpose of the lecture? To describe the influence of opera on Broadway productions To explain how new technology allowed for enhancements to Broadway productions To evaluate financial decisions made by theater owner William Wheatley To examine elements that set a particular theatrical production apart from earlier ones What was typical of theatrical productions in the United States before the 1860s? The productions originated outside of the United States. Only a limited segment of society attended the productions. People attended the productions because they were interested in the plots. The themes of the productions were typically related to the upper class. According to the professor, what was a reason for a change in theatrical productions in the United States during the 1860s? A growing middle class was in need of entertainment. Wealthy theater advocates provided additional funding for new productions. The interest of theatergoers shifted from opera to ballet. A new artistic movement was founded by a group of actors. Why does the professor mention moveable floorboards on the stage in Wheatley’s production? To explain the reason for an unexpected technical problem To highlight one of the production’s innovative features To point out a similarity between early and modern theater in the United States To give an example of a modification that was made for the ballet troupe What was the audience’s reaction to the transformation scene in Wheatley’s production? The audience was disappointed by the scene’s short duration. The audience was confused by the scene’s unfamiliar elements. The audience was amazed by the scene-changing process. The audience was impressed at how quickly the stage crew moved objects onto the set. According to the professor, what is one way in which Wheatley’s production was different from modern musicals? The performers in Wheatley’s production performed more than one role. Wheatley’s production was created for the upper class. The songs in Wheatley’s production did not include lyrics. The musical numbers in Wheatley’s production did not correspond with the plot.