Thespians Picture

Seta Amphitheater, Evia - Greece.
Actresses preparing for a theatrical play at the dressing room.

The first recorded case of an actor performing took place in 534 BC when the Greek performer Thespis stepped on to the stage at the Dionysia Festival and became the first known person to speak words as a character in a play or story. Prior to Thespis' act, stories were only known to be told in song and dance and in third person narrative. In honor of Thespis, actors are commonly called Thespians.

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