Mime vocabulary/Theatre audience etiquette

acting without words
Marcel Marceau
most famous French mime
Charlie Chaplin
American silent film star
nonverbal communication
communicating without words. we use facial expressions, gestures, and body language.
the movement of any part of your body to help express an idea or an emotion. The two types are facial expressions and hand/arm movement
an offspring of pantomime that conveys abstract ideas; also refers to the person performing the mime
to enlarge or increase to an abnormal degree; overstate
putting together all facets of a character to bring life and interest to that character
Illusion of the first time
a situation in which an audience is led to believe that each performance is the first time
4th wall
the imaginary wall through which the audience views the play
the scenery for an act or a scene
all stage furnishings, including furniture and those things brought onstage by the actors
When should your arrive to the theatre?
arrive early to be seated; after curtain is up most theaters will not seat people until scene break
Should you turn off your cell phone?
yes because beepers or alarms would disturb those around you plus the actors
Should you wear hats?
No, remove hats so people can see
Are there food or drinks allowed?
no, no food or drinks in the theatre
Don't leave the play
except for emergencies
At the end of the play, don't get up
until the house lights are on
On stage,
do not send flows or gifts
To show your enjoyment
applaud at the end during curtain call
What should you not do during a play?
Talk or whisper
Do not give a standing ovation
save it for gifted performances