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Table-like structures that have four legs (of any height) covered by a solid top or "skin."


Wooden frames covered with plywood or canvas which can be painted to simulate walls or backgrounds in a stage set. Must be supported to stand securely


Large muslin or canvas cloths suspended from battens over the stage


A drawing in perspective of a proposed structure.


the leading character that the play is about. Often, but not always, is the one who propels the action forward.


the character who is opposed to, struggles against, or competes with another; opponent; adversary

Fourth Wall

The imaginary "wall" at the front of the stage in a traditional three-walled box set in a proscenium theatre, through which the audience sees the action in the world of the play

Metaphoric Scenic Design

More conceptual design and overtly theatrical

Realistic Scenic Design

The scenery seeks to resemble and replicate reality

Technical Rehearsal

Set, lighting, sound, costumes are all rehearsed. It is the type of rehearsal occurs near the end of the rehearsal process, as the play comes closer to production time but before the actors apply makeup.

Black Box

the kind of stage that consists of a bare room able to adapt to a variety of staging possibilities

Mugging (blocking)

being obnoxious and taking the lime light

Share (blocking)

turning to share the stage at the same level. quarter turn open

Children's Theatre

common denomenator is the audience is focused for children. audience centered

Creative Drama

kids doing theatre not for an adult audience. no scriptt and participant centered


performance in a space teaching something


using acting as a teaching tool

Intergenerational Theatre

all ages are on stage

Theatre for Young Audiences

older kids 8-12 yrs

Sara Spencer

childrens theatrer press. publishing company then called anchorage press play

Frances H. Burnett

she wrote little princess books then turned them into plays

Winifred Ward

organized educators to see difference between childrens theatre and using it as a tool. called it creative drama. organized a national scheme to put together educational aspect

J. M. Barrie

peter pan play then book

Alice Minnie Hertz Henninger

settlement houses. 1st real childrens theatre. theatre in education. acclimate

Aurand Harris

rags to riches. adrocles. varied styles

Charlotte Chopenning

started at 60. many play only fairytale ish but realistic too

Suzan Zeder

step on a crack. contemporary issues. not fairytale but imaginary characters could be therapeutic

Nellie McCaslin

wrote the textbook

Arena Stage

audience all around

Thrust Stage

part of stage is out into audience

Alley Stage

2 sides like an alley

Elements of the Plot (Play analysis

esposition, inciting incident, rising action, climax, resolution


getting to know everyone

inciting incident

conflict and first problem

rising action

building on inciting


highlighted reaction and point


solving conflict

Purpose of Design

find out where we are. set. we figure out time period, money, place of setting, characters

Values and Purposes of Children's Theatre

educational and entertaining

Aesthetic Values/Education

Aesthetic Education is the integration of the arts into our lives; resulting in a lifelong appreciation of the arts and a deeper understanding of humankind


the art of writing and producing plays


a kind of literary or artistic work


a dramatic work intended for performance by actors on a stage


a written version of a play or other dramatic composition


understanding and entering into another's feelings


one actor takes a position above another which forces the 2nd actor to face upstage


the arrangement of the actors movements on stage with respect to each other and the stage space


movement from one area to another X

counter cross

a movement in the opposite direction in adjustment to the cross of another actor


lines which the other actors on stage are not supposed to be hearing


the last words of a speech indictating another actor to speak


Production Stage Manager
House Manager

presenational acting

acknowledges the audience

representational acting

refers to a relationship in which the audience is studiously ignored and treated as 'peeping tom'

licensing agreement

needed to publically perform a production

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