Do you like to put on makeup and wear costumes? If you do, you might like acting in a Chinese opera like the people in this picture.
The color of an actor's makeup and the style of his or her costume shows what each character is like. For example, good characters wear red makeup, brave characters wear black makeup and gods wear silver and gold makeup.
The costumes also tell you about the characters. For example, if a character has flags on his back, it means he is a soldier. Can you see the flags the man in the picture has on his back?
PHOTO : AFP
A long time ago, women were not allowed to be on the stage, so all the female characters were played by men. But today, women act in Chinese opera too. (Hsiang-yi Cheng, Staff Writer)
1. costume n.
戲服 (xi4 fu2)
例：Frank looks like a completely different person when he puts his costume on.
2. style n.
風格 (feng1 ge2)
例：Chinese painters and Italian painters have very different styles.
3. soldier n.
軍人 (jun1 ren2)
例：In Taiwan, all men have to be soldiers when they are young.
1. What kind of characters wear red makeup?
a. Brave characters.
b. Good characters.
2. What do soldiers have on their backs?
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