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A scenario (from the Italian, that which is pinned to the scenery) is a brief description of an event or a series of events. In the Commedia dell'arte it was an outline of entrances, exits, and action describing the plot of a play that was literally pinned to the back of the scenery. It is also known as canovaccio or "that which is pinned to the canvas" of which the scenery was constructed. Karel Dujardins set his closely-observed scene of a travelling troupes makeshift stage against idealized ruins in the Roman Campagna: dated 1657 (Louvre Museum) Commedia dellarte (Italian: comedy of professional artists also interpreted as comedy of humors), also known as Extemporal Comedy, was a popular form of improvisational... Canovaccio was mainly used in the Commedia dellArte and consisted of the disposition of acts and scenes: a vague plot, and not much more. ...

Surviving scenari from the renaissance contain little other than character names, brief descriptions of action, and references to specific lazzi with no further explanation. It is believed that a scenario forms the basis of a fully improvisational performance though it is also likely that they were simple reminders of the plot for those members of the cast who were literate. Modern commedia troupes most often make use of a script with varying degrees of additional improvisation (see improvisational theater). Raphael was famous for depicting illustrious figures of the Classical past with the features of his Renaissance contemporaries. ... Lazzi (from the Italian lazzo, a joke or witticism) is a bit of well-rehearsed comic action used in the Commedia dellarte. ... Improvisational Theatre (also known as improv or impro) is a form of theatre in which the actors perform spontaneously, without a script. ...

In the creation of an opera or ballet, a scenario is often developed initially to indicate how the original source, if any, is to be adapted and to summarize the aspects of character, staging, plot, etc. that can be expanded later in a fully developed libretto, or script. This sketch can be helpful in "pitching" the idea to a prospective producer, director, or composer. The Teatro alla Scala in Milan is one of the worlds most famous opera houses. ... The Waltz of the Snowflakes from Tchaikovskys The Nutcracker. ... A libretto is the complete body of words used in an extended musical work such as an opera, operetta, masque, sacred or secular oratorio and cantata, musical, and ballet. ... A theatrical producer is a type of producer who oversees the staging of theatre productions. ... A theatre director is a principal in the theatre field who oversees and orchestrates the mounting of a play by unifying various endeavors and aspects of production. ... A composer is a person who writes music. ...

A scenario is also an account or synopsis of a projected course of action, events or situations. Scenario development is used in policy planning, organisational development and, generally, when organisations wish to test strategies against uncertain future developments.

Scenarios are widely used by corporations to help understand different ways that future events could unfold. Scenario planning or scenario thinking is a complex business process related to Futures Studies. The term scenario is also used in a theatrical context to describe plot. To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Scenario planning or Scenario thinking is a strategic planning method that some organizations use to make flexible long-term plans. ... Futures studies reflects on how today’s changes (or the lack thereof) become tomorrow’s reality. ...


External links

  • ScenarioThinking.org: an open WIKI site about scenarios, scenario practice, scenario planning and scenario thinking, with 100+ scenarios
  • Scenario Development using Computer Aided Morphological Analysis From the Swedish Morphological Society
  • Futures Studies using Morphological Analysis. For the UN University Millennium Project.

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A Scenario (from the Italian, that which is pinned to the scenery) is a brief description of an event.
It is believed that a scenario forms the basis of a fully improvisational performance though it is also likely that they were simple reminders of the plot for those members of the cast who were literate.
In business, scenario planning is a methodology developed to augment the strategic planning process whereby several possible future scenarios are developed and explored in great detail, leading to the development of new ideas and contingency plans.
User scenario - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (224 words)
User scenarios are an evolution of thought experiments, historically used to explain natural phenomena with simple logical stories, helping readers grasp complex ideas, non-technically, without equations.
It was Bush's scenario describing the fictitious Memex machine that inspired Douglas C. Engelbart to see the potential of a (as yet, nonexistent) personal computer.
Bush's scenario allowed Engelbart to secure the funding necessary to design the computer mouse and first graphical user interface in 1968.
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