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Types and Parts of the Stage
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stage in which the performance area sticks out into the "house" and the audience is seated on three sides.
a form of theatrical presentation in which the audience is seated in a circle around the stage.
another version of theatre-in-the-round, but on a much larger scale.
a form of theatrical stage in which the audience is predominantly on two sides of the stage, facing towards each other.
term used to describe a stage where the audience views the action only from the front of the stage; it is also the structure in front of the stage that frames the action of the play; it can be square or arched, and the stage curtain is generally directly behind it.
the invisible barrier that separates the stage from the audience and through which the audience watches the action.
a large drapery of painted canvas that provides the rear or upstage masking of a set.
vertical curtains used to hide the wings (backstage) from view and frame the audience's view of the stage.
a curtain used to define the top limit of the stage and to mask or hide lights and unused scenery and curtains.
this is a guazy translucent curtain; may be plain or painted; when light is thrown on the front it becomes opaque but if objects behind it are more brightly lit they will become visible (used a lot in ballets)
another name for a border curtain; it often refers to the first masking curtain on stage.
a decorative narrow curtain hung along the top of a proscenium arch on the side toward the audience.
solid white curtain at the rear of the performance area used to represent the sky, time of day, distant areas, or to create unique lighting effects.
a tubular metal bar, sometimes known as a pipe, to or from which overhead lighting instruments, backdrops, and scenery can be attached or hung.
the portion of stage that extends beyond the proscenium opening
this is where an orchestra will usually be placed in a musical production; it generally extends across the breadth of the stage and is called a pit because its at a lower elevation so that the musicians do not block the audience's view.
a hall or seating area within the hall where the audience views a performance.
the areas to either side of the stage that the audience does not normally see.
a hallway behind the masking curtains to allow performers and technicians to move from one side of the stage to the other without being seen.
these directions are from the actors' perspective looking out towards the audience; so, if the stage direction calls for an actor to "exit stage left" it will be the opposite of the way the audience sees it.
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