theater 2nd 6 wks
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to add in words and actions that are not in the script
the sounding out of each syllable/sound in a word clearly
a fast darkening of the stage, all stage lights out at once and quickly.
a "person" in a story; the type of person you are (characteristics).
one actor plays multiple roles in the same show (Bob is the Prince AND the Fairy Godmother.
a scene for two people.
sound, visual, lighting cues intended to enhance a production.
group or category of compositions that have common characteristics.
a drawing of the stage setting including the major furniture props as seen from above
stage directions that are given in dialogue ("Please sit down.").
the "musical" quality to a voice, uses a variety of pitch, tempo, volume .
stage focus-when the actors break the 4th wall and talk directly to the audience.
actor is to turn front and face the audience.
actor is to turn toward the audience.
the highness or lowness of a sound or voice.
what makes a voice unique - stuffy, nasal, robotic, gravelly, breathy, etc.
a part in a play, a character.
a short dramatic sketch, usually humorous and without a complete pl
scene with little movement and no drive; to be avoided at all cost.
steal a scene / steal
to attract attention that should be on another actor.
central ideas or thoughts of a play that synthesize the audience's experiences.
an actor speaks directly to the audience through the 4th wall so the other characters on stage "can't" hear.
when an actor does anything that is not consistent with what the character would do.
to increase the loudness, rate, and energy of a line, speech, scene or song in order to reach a climax.
activity performed by an actor during a scene that is done in addition to blocking in order to make a scene more realistic (ironing, eating, folding laundry, doodling).
representation of a character's qualities or peculiarities through dialogue, gesture, movement, costume and makeup.
coloring your words
using your voice to add emphasis and enhance the meaning of the word being said - usually done by elongating the vowel sounds.
signal (line, piece of business) to an actor or stage technician that the next line or stage function is to occur.
in modern theatre, the major interpretive figure, the artistic visionary whose job it is to bring to life the playwright's script. The director's primary objective is to provide artistic meaning to the theatre experience. The director might have a number of professional assistants to work with him/her: casting director, movement coach, speech consultant (vocal coach). In musicals, the music director and the ch
two different actors play the SAME role on different nights (Sara is Cinderella on Tuesday and Jane is Cinderella on Wednesday).
a serious form of theatre (genre) that takes a thoughtful, sober attitude toward its subject matter. It puts the audience in a frame of mind to think carefully about what it sees and to become involved with the characters on stage.
the period of time that elapses in a script as opposed to physical time which indicated the actual length of the production.
theatrical convention in which the audience is able to see scenes from the past through the eyes of one of the characters in a play.
line drawing of a stage set as seen from above showing the placement on the stage floor of the scenic elements; ground plan.
the use of hand, body and facial movement to make the actor's dialogue more meaningful or to make a point without dialogue.
the reason behind an actor speaking a line or making a movement, what a character wants or needs to happen; goal; objective; intention.
a character outside of the action of the play who makes commentary with the audience or to the audience about the show and characters.
plays which are presented to the audience as the actors work directly to the crowd much of the time with little attempt at illusion - the 4th wall is deliberately broken.
line that should get a laugh; the last line in an improvisation that makes the scene feel finished.
an oral interpretation of prose, sometimes drama, by a group of performers standing or sitting onstage with a script in hand and limited movement
all visual activity an actor does on stage other than personal business that fills out the details of his character - in addition to blocking
making assumptions about a person/character based on physical characteristics (hair color, gender, race, clothing.
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