Based on the function of mitochondria, what part of the theater can I compare it to?It is for a project. I already have: nucleus: director nucleolus: assistant director vacuole: dressing rooms...

Based on the function of mitochondria, what part of the theater can I compare it to?

It is for a project. I already have:

nucleus: director

nucleolus: assistant director

vacuole: dressing rooms

vesicles: security

cytoskeletion: producer

lysosomes: stage crew

golgi apparatus: stage manager

rough E.R.: set designer

smooth E.R.: props room

ribosomes: choreographer

chloroplast: actors

cell membrane: the fourth wall

cell wall: the curtain

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litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I like your analogy!  Usually, mitochondria are compared to power plants.  They are the power plants of the cell because they generate most of the cell’s ATP energy, adenosine triphophsate.  Mitochondria are also used for signaling, cellular differentiation, cell growth and cell death.

Since the mitochondria provide the energy for the cell, and they signal growth and death, I would consider them the cell’s caterer.   After all, a show runs on its stomach, right?  If all of the actors are healthy and well fed, the show will be more successful.  The caterer might also reward the performers with better food for better performance, which could be the cell growth.

If you don't like this analogy, my other idea was lighting.  I like the caterer best though.


vangoghfan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Since mitochondria are the sources of energy, you might also compare them to the audience. The whole purpose of putting on a play, after all, is to derive "energy" from an audience -- energy being defined as approval, applause, financial success (so that the play can continue to be performed), and even the energy of each particular audience as it sits before the stage and responds -- or fails to respond -- to what it sees and hears. The "angels" who originally help fund the production cannot (usually) fund it for very long if the play proves to be a commercial flop.  It is the continued energy (especially financial energy) contributed by audiences that allows a play such as Chorus Line to live for years and years.

boblawrence eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Mitochondria are the energy source for the cell.  I therefore agree with post no. 3 in which the financier of the production is chosen.  These people are called "angels".  Similarly I agree with post. 4 wherein the electrical power panels are chosen.

So Mitochondria, as the place where food is converted into energy to run the cell, might be compared to the "angels" who provide the bucks to nourish and keep alive the production.  And on a more literal level, the Mitochondria can be compared to the source of electricity, the actual source of energy that is required for sound, lighting, operation of the curtain and sets.

What an interesting assignment!

pacorz eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I have given this assignment many times, and I have never had anyone come up with a theatre production - bonus points to you for being creative!

Have you ever been backstage in a professional theatre? The electrical panels that control the lighting, sound, fly galleries, etc. are huge and quite complex. I think that the mitochondria should be the lighting technicians and their equipment. You have to have lights to have a show; that's why, when nothing is playing in a theatrem they refer to it as "dark".

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

If you're talking about a professional production, I'd say the mitochondria was the person putting up all the money for the show.  In most professional productions, there is someone who is investing the money, right?  That person provides the money that is needed to make the play live and, if the person withdraws it, the play dies.  So that's the analogy I'd make.

accessteacher eNotes educator| Certified Educator

What a great assignment! I agree with #4 and #5, I think. The mitochondria can definitely be related to the "special effects" that are so important to any production and give it such power. In any production, it is the music and the sound and the lighting that is, behind the scenes at least, so crucial to the overall impact.

stolperia eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Expanding on #4, maybe the mitochondria are all those "effects" people - lights, sound effects, the folks who run the lift so someone rises up from below the stage, the person who blows the steam from the dry ice across the stage...They add so much of the impact to the production with their support and involvement!

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