15DIRECTORThe person responsible for interpreting the script, creating a viable production concept, and directing the actor’s.
16The area of the stage closest to the audience. DOWNSTAGEThe area of the stage closest to the audience.
17DRESS REHEARSALSA run-through with all technical elements, including costumes and make- up.
18EXTERNAL TRAITSCharacteristics that make up a character’s physical appearance, such as posture, gestures, mannerisms, voice and clothing.
19FLATSPieces of canvas or plywood attached to wooden frames, painted and linked together, to create walls and doors on stage.
20FLY SPACEThe area above the stage where scenery, drops and lights are hung when not in use.
21The imaginary wall through which the audience views the play. FOURTH WALLThe imaginary wall through which the audience views the play.
22“GOING-UP”When an actor forgets lines during rehearsal or a performance; also called blanking.
23The curtain that covers the opening of the proscenium arch. GRAND DRAPEThe curtain that covers the opening of the proscenium arch.
24GRAND VALANCEUsed in conjunction with the grand drape. It masks the scenery and equipment just up stage of the proscenium arch.
25The place where the audience sits. HOUSEThe place where the audience sits.
26HOUSE LIGHTSAuditorium lights used before and after the play and during intermission.
27ILLUSION 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.
28IMPROVISATIONAn impromptu scene where the actors make up the dialogue and action on the spot.
29Narrow, vertical stage drapes used for masking. LEGSNarrow, vertical stage drapes used for masking.
30LOAD-INThe moving of scenery and associated equipment into the theatre and their positioning on the stage.
31Method ActingAn approach that calls on the actor to use personal experience and sense memory to develop a character.
32A long speech spoken by one actor. MONOLOGUEA long speech spoken by one actor.
33A specific reason for saying or doing something. MOTIVATIONA specific reason for saying or doing something.
34Having a part memorized so that a script is no longer needed. OFF-BOOKHaving a part memorized so that a script is no longer needed.
35PANTOMIMETelling a story or presenting an idea through bodily movement and expression without words.
36Person who writes and develops the script. PLAYWRIGHTPerson who writes and develops the script.
37PRODUCERPerson who selects the script, finds the financial backing and hires all production personnel.
38Increase voice so it will carry to the audience. PROJECTIncrease voice so it will carry to the audience.
39PROMPT BOOKA book (usually in a 3-ring binder) that contains the script with the director’s ideas and blocking notations.
40PROPSItems handled by actor’s such as books, ornaments, a broom, a glass, glasses, a suitcase etc.
41THIS IS THE KIND OF STAGE WE HAVE HERE AT ALLATOONA PROSCENIUM STAGEA stage with a permanent framed opening through which the audience sees the play.THIS IS THE KIND OF STAGE WE HAVE HERE AT ALLATOONA
42A slanted stage, where upstage is slightly higher than downstage. RAKED STAGEA slanted stage, where upstage is slightly higher than downstage.
43READERS THEATREA form of theatre in which actors are seated and read aloud from a script.
44A part in a play, t.v. show or movie. ROLEA part in a play, t.v. show or movie.
45A rehearsal without interruption. RUN-THROUGHA rehearsal without interruption.
46SCENERYThe background pieces such as flats and drops to create the play’s setting.
47SIGHTLINESImaginary lines indicating visibility of stage areas from different points in the house.
48STAGE LEFTThe left side of the stage from the actor’s perspective as he or she faces the audience.
49The area where the action of the play takes place. STAGEThe area where the action of the play takes place.
50Those who shift the sets and props during rehearsals and performances. STAGE CREWThose who shift the sets and props during rehearsals and performances.
51STAGE MANAGERPerson who assists the director during rehearsals and manages all backstage activity once the play has opened.
52STAGE RIGHTThe right side of the stage from the actor’s perspective as he or she faces the audience.
53STRIKETaking down the set following the conclusion of a play’s production run.
54THRUST STAGEA stage that juts out into the audience area, with the audience usually sitting around its three sides.
55The stage area farthest away from the audience. UPSTAGEThe stage area farthest away from the audience.
56UPSTAGINGDrawing the audience’s attention to yourself when it should be focused on another character.
57WINGSTall cloth covered frames or narrow unframed drops that are placed on either side of the stage.