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promptbook

a script marked with directions and cues for use by the prompter

audition

a tryout for a position in a play

reading rehearsal

a rehearsal at which the play is read by the direction or by members of the cast

blocking rehearsal

a rehearsal at which the movement and groupings on the stage are practiced

working rehearsal

a rehearsal at which interpretation of the play is developed and words and actions are put together

polishing rehearsal

the final rehearsal at which all the parts of the play are brought together so that flaws can be worked out

technical rehearsal

a rehearsal at which lighting, scenery, and props are used so that changes can go smoothly

dress rehearsal

an uninterrupted rehearsal with costumes and props; the final rehearsal before performance

box set

a two-wall or three-wall set representing an interior of a room, often covered by a ceiling

unit set

a basic stage setting from which several settings can be created

permanent set

a set that remains the same throughout a play, regardless of change of locale

screens

two-fold and three-fold flats used either as walls against a drapery background or to cover openings or furnishings when changing scenes

prisms or periaktoi

sets made up of three flats, connected like equilateral or isosceles triangles mounted on a wheeled carriage that can be pivoted

curtain set

the use of curtains as a backdrop for a play

producer

person who finds the financial investors, hires the director and production staff, sets the budget, and pays the bills for a theatrical production

director

person in charge of molding all aspects of production- the acting, scenery, costumes, makeup, lighting, and so on- in a unified whole

assistant director

person who acs as the liaison between the director and the cast and crew and who takes charge of the rehearsal when the director is absent

scenic designer

a person who designs settings and sometimes costumes, makeup, and lighting

technical director

a person who executes the designs of the scenic artist with the help of the crew

stage manager

person who is completely in charge backstage during the rehearsals and performances

grip

a stagehand who moves scenery

properties chief

person who is in charge of getting the furniture and props, storing them, arranging them on set, preparing the prop table, and giving the actors the props they need

business manager

person responsible for the financial arrangements of a production

publicity manager

person who handles the advertising and promotion of a play in the press, radio, and other media

house manager

person responsible for distribution of programs, seating of the audience, and trainging the ushers

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