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BASIC THEATRE TERMINOLOGY FUNDAMENTALS OF THEATRE I
APRON The stage floor between the front edge of the stage and the front curtain.
ARENA STAGE Staging in the center of a room with the audience sitting on all sides of the playing area; sometimes called theatre in the round.
ASIDE Words spoken by a character to the audience rather than to the other characters, who supposedly DO NOT hear the speech.
AUDITION Tryout for a part in a play, t.v. show or movie.
BACKDROP / DROP A painted canvas or muslin curtain hung from a batten to form part of the scenery.
BACKSTAGE The area behind the scenery not visible to the audience.
BATTEN A horizontal pipe suspended over the stage, from which scenery, lights or curtains are hung; also called a rail.
BLOCKING The director’s planned movement for the actor’s.
CASTING The process of selecting actors for various roles.
COLD READINGS When an actor auditions for a role without having read the script beforehand.
COUNTER-CROSS Moving in the opposite direction – and out of the way- of another actor who is moving across the stage.
CROSS When an actor moves from one side of the stage to another.
CUE A directive for action.
DIRECTOR The person responsible for interpreting the script, creating a viable production concept, and directing the actor’s.
DOWNSTAGE The area of the stage closest to the audience.
DRESS REHEARSALS A run-through with all technical elements, including costumes and make- up.
EXTERNAL TRAITS Characteristics that make up a character’s physical appearance, such as posture, gestures, mannerisms, voice and clothing.
FLATS Pieces of canvas or plywood attached to wooden frames, painted and linked together, to create walls and doors on stage.
FLY SPACE The area above the stage where scenery, drops and lights are hung when not in use.
FOURTH WALL The imaginary wall through which the audience views the play.
“GOING-UP” When an actor forgets lines during rehearsal or a performance; also called blanking.
GRAND DRAPE The curtain that covers the opening of the proscenium arch.
GRAND VALANCE Used in conjunction with the grand drape. It masks the scenery and equipment just up stage of the proscenium arch.
HOUSE The place where the audience sits.
HOUSE LIGHTS Auditorium lights used before and after the play and during intermission.
ILLUSION OF THE FIRST TIME The actor’s ability to perform in a show over and over while making it appear that the dialogue and situations are happening for the first time.
IMPROVISATION An impromptu scene where the actors make up the dialogue and action on the spot.
LEGS Narrow, vertical stage drapes used for masking.
LOAD-IN The moving of scenery and associated equipment into the theatre and their positioning on the stage.
Method Acting An approach that calls on the actor to use personal experience and sense memory to develop a character.
MONOLOGUE A long speech spoken by one actor.
MOTIVATION A specific reason for saying or doing something.
OFF-BOOK Having a part memorized so that a script is no longer needed.
PANTOMIME Telling a story or presenting an idea through bodily movement and expression without words.
PLAYWRIGHT Person who writes and develops the script.
PRODUCER Person who selects the script, finds the financial backing and hires all production personnel.
PROJECT Increase voice so it will carry to the audience.
PROMPT BOOK A book (usually in a 3-ring binder) that contains the script with the director’s ideas and blocking notations.
PROPS Items handled by actor’s such as books, ornaments, a broom, a glass, glasses, a suitcase etc.
PROSCENIUM STAGE A stage with a permanent framed opening through which the audience sees the play. THIS IS THE KIND OF STAGE WE HAVE HERE AT ALLATOONA
RAKED STAGE A slanted stage, where upstage is slightly higher than downstage.
READERS THEATRE A form of theatre in which actors are seated and read aloud from a script.
ROLE A part in a play, t.v. show or movie.
RUN-THROUGH A rehearsal without interruption.
SCENERY The background pieces such as flats and drops to create the play’s setting.
SIGHTLINES Imaginary lines indicating visibility of stage areas from different points in the house.
STAGE LEFT The left side of the stage from the actor’s perspective as he or she faces the audience.
STAGE The area where the action of the play takes place.
STAGE CREW Those who shift the sets and props during rehearsals and performances.
STAGE MANAGER Person who assists the director during rehearsals and manages all backstage activity once the play has opened.
STAGE RIGHT The right side of the stage from the actor’s perspective as he or she faces the audience.
STRIKE Taking down the set following the conclusion of a play’s production run.
THRUST STAGE A stage that juts out into the audience area, with the audience usually sitting around its three sides.
UPSTAGE The stage area farthest away from the audience.
UPSTAGING Drawing the audience’s attention to yourself when it should be focused on another character.
WINGS Tall cloth covered frames or narrow unframed drops that are placed on either side of the stage.
BASIC THEATRE TERMINOLOGY FUNDAMENTALS OF THEATRE I.
The Last Twenty-five Terms. Offstage – any part of the stage where the audience cannot see. Onstage – any part of the stage that is visible to the audience.
Stage Terminology MRS. BONE THEATRE 1. Parts of the stage Proscenium: The arch or frame enclosing the visible stage. The opening between the stage and.
Drama Is Conflict! Theatre The art of representing, for the pleasure of others, things that have happened or we imagine happening.
Bell WorkBell Work Copy the agenda from the board. If you have any questions from Friday’s lesson, please write them on the other board. We will discuss.
Theatre Terms Jargon for the stage. Acting Terms These are words that deal with the actors craft as well as what you need to know when you are acting.
_________-The part of the stage floor extending beyond the proscenium arch into the house Theatre Terminology Apron.
Theatre Vocab Weeks 1-2. Profile Left or Profile Right face completely to the left or right face completely to the left or right.
Drama Vocabulary Week 7. Apron Part of the stage that protrudes out from the proscenium.
Introduction To Theatre Theatre Hierarchy Positions Definitions Types of Stages Stage Directions.
Theatre Terminology and Stage Directions. Ad-Lib To improvise stage business or conversation, especially when an actor has missed or forgotten lines and.
How do actors, directors, technicians & designers talk about their work? They speak the language of STAGECRAFT ©2006 EvaMedia, Inc.
Stage Terminology Full Front: Facing audience Three-quarter front: Turned slightly away from audience (left or right) Profile: Facing sideways (left or.
Drama Elements of Drama I Drama – major genre, or category, of literature; meant to be performed Drama – major genre, or category, of literature; meant.
Theatre Terms. Apron The part of the stage floor in front of the curtain line The part of the stage floor in front of the curtain line.
STAGE DIRECTIONS & PARTS OF THE STAGE. Watch Video.
Front Curtain Curtain that masks the acting area from the Audience. The front curtain is opened at the beginning of the play and closed between acts.
EXPLORATION: DIRECTING AND PRODUCING Drama I – Unit 2.
Theatre Vocabulary. Drama The dramatic tradition which began with primitive people nearly 3000 years ago. Comes from a Greek word meaning “to act” or.
2 pt 3 pt 4 pt 5pt 1 pt 2 pt 3 pt 4 pt 5 pt 1 pt 2pt 3 pt 4pt 5 pt 1pt 2pt 3 pt 4 pt 5 pt 1 pt 2 pt 3 pt 4pt 5 pt 1pt Stage Directions StagesDirectionsMisc.
Copy the words and definitions into your binder..
Agenda: Things to Get: –Notebook page 106 Things to Do: –Opener: Review of Plot Structure (Freytag’s Triangle) –Class work: Notes: Technical Elements and.
Key Theatre Vocabulary Theatre Crafts ACT 1) Subdivision between sections of a play. A short play is a 'One-Act-er', a play with one interval.
Stage Directions Objectives To understand and practice body positioning To become familiar with the areas of the stage To use movement to create expression.
Character’s names are in ALL CAPS so you know not to read them and so you can easily see who you are talking to Stage directions (tell the actor what.
The art of composing, writing, acting, or producing plays drama.
THEATRE VOCABULARY Write these in your notebook. There will be a quiz! Need extra help?
Actor’s tools – What an actor uses for creative expression: the mind, body and voice Ad-lib – to make up dialogue, actions, or stage business not written.
Thrust Theatre A stage surrounded by audience on three sides. The fourth side serves as a background. In a typical modern arrangement: the stage is often.
DRAMA AND THEATER Drama Prose or verse telling a story intended for representation by actors through dialogue or action.
Stage Movement Fundamentals of Theatre I. Body Positions.
Stage Directions Guide. 1. Proscenium 2. Thrust 3. Arena or “Theatre in the Round”
Technical Areas of Theatre 1. Set design and construction 2. Scene painting 3. Sound design and construction 5. Properties design and construction 7. Makeup.
Risk. RISK actions that are different from the norm.
Theatre Staging & Design A brief overview of theatre spaces and how performers use them.
Vocab + why + example = 1 mark. GOOD High Quality Marvellous Terrific Superior High standard High grade Remarkable Excellent Wonderful.
Elements of Drama. PLOT or story line Every story must have a Beginning… Middle… End… Don’t forget the conflict!!!
Ms. Roberts' Website. Overview The Stage is the area of a theatre where the actors perform There are three types of stages you will see in theatre Proscenium.
THEATRE ARTS Places and People. Stage Terminology Stage – the area of the theatre where the performance takes place Backstage – the stage area that is.
NRHS – THEATRE I DR. NEIGHBOURS Common Theatre Language ~ Let’s all talk the same, and know what one another means ~
DIRECTING AND PRODUCING Exploration. THE LANGUAGE OF THEATRE Blocking: Coordination of actors’ movements on stage. Conventions: The generally accepted.
Elements of Drama. What is drama? ✹ A composition in prose that presents a story entirely told in dialogue and action, and written with the intention.
STAGE DIRECTIONS, MOVEMENT, & BLOCKING RESOURCES: BASIC DRAMA PROJECTS, KRISTAPRICE.COM.
Sight Lines The clear line where an audience member can see the stage. Good sight lines allow the audience to see all more most of the stage no matter.
Fundamentals of Play Production. Production Staff DIRECTOR—OVERSEES ENTIRE PROCESS OF STAGING PRODUCTION DIRECTOR—OVERSEES ENTIRE PROCESS OF STAGING PRODUCTION.
Wed, August 1, 2012 Drama EQ: What are the 3 R’s for Daily Expectations in Drama? Journal: Name the 3 R’s and give an example for each. Seating Parent.
Proscenium Stage- A traditional stage that includes a proscenium arch. The audience sits on one side. Arena Stage- A theatre in the round. The stage is.
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