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How do actors, directors, technicians & designers talk about their work? They speak the language of STAGECRAFT ©2006 EvaMedia, Inc.

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1 How do actors, directors, technicians & designers talk about their work? They speak the language of STAGECRAFT ©2006 EvaMedia, Inc.

2 DRAMATIC MEDIA are … Means of telling stories by way of stage, film, videotape, DVD, radio, television, or computer.

3 to AUDITION is … To try out for a role Also called reading for a part

4 a CALL BACK is … Getting a second audition for the same role Similar to making the cut in a sports tryout

5 BLOCKING is … The path an actor creates on stage Usually determined by the director (with assistance from actor) Often written down in a script using common theatrical symbols (X R means cross down right)

6 a CUE is … Something that precedes and prompts the next line or action A signal to the actors to begin what happens next Can be visual or aural

7 ELECTRICS are … Stage lights, including their mounts and wiring

8 a BLACKOUT is … All stage lights go off simultaneously and suddenly More abrupt than fade to black

9 PROPS are … Any objects, except costumes & scenery, used onstage Can be hand props or set pieces

10 DRESS REHEARSAL is … Same as performance, but without an audience (usually) A run-through of the whole show with tech, props & costumes in place

11 DICTION is … Selection & clear pronunciation of words SPEAKING CLEARLY

12 PROJECTION is … How well the voice carries to the audience SPEAKING LOUDLY

13 ACOUSTICS means … The quality of sound in a room, theatre, or performance space

14 the HOUSE is … Where the audience sits

15 FRONT OF HOUSE is … Box office & lobby of a theatre

16 the STAGE is … The acting area Where the actors perform

17 There are 3 kinds of STAGES: ProsceniumProscenium ThrustThrust ArenaArena

18 PROSCENIUM is … The most common type of stage Walls that frame the front of the acting area are called the proscenium arch P R O S C E N I U M A R C H PROSCENIUM ARCHPROSCENIUM ARCH PROSCENIUM ARCHPROSCENIUM ARCH STAGE (ACTING AREA) WINGS (offstage) APRON HOUSE (front view)

19 a THRUST stage is … Acting area extended into the house with audience seated on three sides HOUSE STAGE (overhead view)

20 an ARENA stage … Has audience seated on all sides Is sometimes called theatre in the round STAGE (overhead view)

21 BACKSTAGE is … Hidden by scenery, walls or proscenium Where cast & crew can work unseen by the audience Dressing rooms here Also called wings, offstage or off

22 DOWNSTAGE is … Area of the stage closest to the audience (UPSTAGE is stage area farthest from audience)

23 STAGE DIRECTIONS … Standard, universal Prevents confusion Saves rehearsal time Indicates locations for actors, props, scenery. From actors perspective when facing audience UPRIGHTUPCENTERUPLEFT RIGHTCENTERCENTERLEFTCENTER DOWNRIGHT DOWN CENTER DOWNLEFT apron (front-of-stage) (overhead view)

24 the COMPANY is … Everyone associated with the production


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