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Basic vocabulary needed to describe the interior and exterior of a theatre

stage

Place where the actors perform

interval

a break between acts

box office

where you buy your tickets

make up

actors wear it so that you can see their face better

stalls

the floor of the theatre where the audience sit

foyer

the best place to meet before the performance

set

the furniture, walls and other things that represent the place where action is happening

curtain

rises at the beginning of the performance

costumes

clothes the actors wear

props

umbrellas, swords, guns and everything else actors use on the stage

leading lady

the actress who has the most important part

applaud

at the end of the performance the audience...

chandelier

a decorative, sometimes ornate, light fixture suspended from a ceiling, usually having branched supports for a number of lights

sculpture

a figure or shape usually made from wood, stone, metal, or clay

etching

an imprinted drawing or design

mosaic

art consisting of a design made of small pieces of colored stone or glass

mural

a painting that is applied to a wall surface

still life

picture that has a group of objects that are arranged for the artist to look at and draw or paint. ( basket of fruit, vase of flowers...)

tapestry

a heavy textile with a woven design

portrait

a painting of a person's face

conductor

the person who leads a musical group

orchestra

a musical organization consisting of a group of instrumentalists including string players

balcony

an upper tier of seats projecting from the rear over the main floor in of the house; some theatres have more than one

spotlight

a lamp that produces a strong beam of light to illuminate a restricted area

bust

a sculpture of the head and shoulders of a person

marble

Rock useful for monuments and statues

gilded

made from or covered with gold

red carpet

a strip of red carpeting laid down for dignitaries to walk on

upper balcony

rearmost or uppermost area in the balcony containing the least expensive seats

cushioned

softened by the addition of cushions or padding

prompter

someone who assists a performer by providing the next words of a forgotten speech

stage hands

someone who helps to arrrange the set and moves scenery and props

Usherette

a woman whose job is to lead people to their seats in a theatre or cinema

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