2 Parts of the stageProscenium: The arch or frame enclosing the visible stage. The opening between the stage and the auditorium.Acting Area: The portion of the stage used by actors during the play.Apron: The section of the stage in front of the curtain.Backstage: Dressing rooms, prop rooms, shops, any area not seen by the audience.Wings: Areas off stage left and right.Green Room: The backstage lounge or waiting room for actors.Flies: The area above the stage where scenery is hung.
3 Parts of the Auditorium Auditorium: Where the audience sitsRake: The slant of the auditorium, stage, or set to accommodate for sight lines.House: What theatre personnel call the auditorium.
4 CurtainsGrand Drape: The front curtain framing the proscenium. Opens and closes the play.Act Curtain: The curtain above the proscenium that opens an act or scene.Travelers: A curtain that opens left to right on a pulley system.Masking: Curtains, flats, or drops that hide openings or backstage areas.Legs: Curtains hung left and right to mask the backstage area/wings.Teasers: Short curtain hung across the stage above the acting area to mask the overhead lights from the audience.Curtain Line: The imaginary line the curtain touches when closed.
5 Scenic VocabularyBackdrop: A large piece of cloth on which scenery is painted.Batten: A pipe where scenery and lights are hung.Fly: To raise or lower sceneryFlat: A wooden structure covered with cloth or thin wood used as the basic structure of a set.Platform: A wooden framed structure covered with a heavy piece of plywood used as a basic set structure to create levels.Wagon: Low platforms on wheelsFloor plan: A drawing of the overhead view of the stage showing walls, furniture, etc.
6 Director/Stage Manager Terms Places: To take positions.Lights: Indication to start the scene or end the scene in rehearsal, where a lighting cue will be in performance.“Line”: Actors will call line in a rehearsal to ask for a prompt.Call: The time an actor is to be at rehearsal, costume fitting, or any other outside rehearsal or fitting.Table Session: Read through of the play, designs and themes are presented.Blocking Rehearsal: Actors learn where to move, and about characters.Run-Through: Actors run show (rehearse) memorized.Dress and Technical Rehearsal: Rehearse adding all technical elements, costumes, sound, lights, props, and scenery.