Drama 1

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Act

Subdivision between sections of a play

Acting Area

That area within the performance space within which the actor may move in full view of the audience

Aisle

A passage through seating

Apron

Section of the stage floor which projects towards or into the auditorium.

ASM

Assistant Stage Manager

Auditiorium

The part of the theatre accommodating the audience during the performance. Sometimes known as the 'house'

Backstage

The part of the stage and theatre which is out of the sight of the audience. The service areas of the theatre

Blackout

Complete absence of stage lighting

Blocking

The process of arranging moves to be made by the actors during the play

Box Office

Part of the theatre front of house area where audience members can buy tickets

Break a Leg

A superstitious and widely accepted alternative to 'Good Luck' (which is considered bad luck).

Cast

The members of the acting company

Company

The cast, crew and other staff associated with a show

Costumes

Clothes worn by the actors onstage. The responsibility of the WARDROBE DEPARTMENT.

Curtain Call

At the end of a performance, the acknowledgement of applause by actors - the bows

Dark

A venue that has been closed to the public

Dialogue

The spoken text of a play - conversations between characters is dialogue

matinee

Afternoon performance of a show

preset

Anything in position before the beginning of a scene or act

props

Furnishings, set dressings, and all items large and small which cannot be classified as scenery, electrics or wardrobe.

Wings

The out of view areas to the sides of the acting area.

Actor

Person (male or female) who's role is to play a character other than his/her own

Audition

Process where the director or casting director of a production asks actors / actresses / performers to show him/her what they can do

Mime

Form of performance with no spoken words

Notes

Following a rehearsal (or an early performance in a run) the director will give notes to the cast and crew about where to make changes, improvements, cuts etc

Rehearsal

A session when actors are called to work through some scenes from the play in private

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