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28 terms

Ch 4 vocab part 1

STUDY
PLAY
ad-lib
improvise stage business or convo
at rise
who and what are onstage when curtain opens
backstage
area behind set, not visible to audience; includes dressing rooms, shops and offices
bit
acting role with very few lines
blocking yourself
getting behind furniture or other actors so you cannot be seen by audience
building a scene
using dramatic devices, such as increased tempo, volume, and emphasis, to bring a scene to a climax
business
any specific action (other than changing location) performed such as picking up a book
C
center stage
countercross
movement in opposite direction to balance the stage
cover
to obstruct the view of the audience; use of ad-lib to cover an unexpected, unwanted event during performance
cross
movement by an actor from one location on stage to another
cue
last words, action, or tech effect the immediately precedes any line or business; stage signal
curtain
curtain or drapery that shuts off the stage from audience
cut
to stop action, omit
cut in
to break into the speech of another character
downstage
part of stage toward the audience
dressing the stage
placing furnishings, pictures etc to balance a set; keeping the stage picture balanced during the action
enter
move onto the stage
exit
leave the stage
feeding
giving lines and action in such a way that another actor can make a point or get a laugh
foil
acting role used for personality comparison, usually w/ main character
hand props
items carried onstage by an individual player
hit
to emphasize a word or line w/ extra force
holding for laughs
waiting for the audience to quiet down after a funny line or scene
leading center
body part or feature that leads movements; often reflects character's personality
left and right
action that refers to actor's point of view
master gesture
distinctive action that serves as a clue to a character's personality
shakepeares advice
1. speak lines as written
2. understand what you are saying
3. do not use extra movements
4. do not make extra noises
5. let energy build