30 terms

Theatre Vocab

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Action
a call from a film director to begin action. Not used in theatre. In theatre, we say "take it at will."
Articulation/Diction
the way someone moves their mouths in order for words to be clearly understood like vertical extension, horizontal extension, exaggeration of consonants and vowels.
Backstage
Behind the back curtain
Blocking
When a director informs actors of specific movements during rehearsal.
Character
when an actor takes on another persona
Cheat Out
an actor should always face the audience even though it would not happen in reality; show your face!
Conflict
the problem in a script or within a character or between characters
Counter
When another actor crosses in front of you, move the opposite direction so you can always be seen
Cue
Generally the end of a line, a sound, or an actor which reminds another actor where they are in the course of dialogue
Hold
A call from the director to stop all action on stage
Line
A call from the actor to ask the stage manager to give them their line; never break character
Line Drill
A test for memorization
Motivation
the reason why a character says or does anything
Motivated Movement
every action an actor takes should be backed up with a motivation
Obstacle
what is keeping the character from reaching their objective
Objective
What the character wants most
Off-book
when a script should be completely memorized and an actor no longer needs to hold their script
Places
a call from the director for all actors to go to the beginning of what they have been working on previously
Projection
to throw your voice, the proper way to speak loudly so everyone can hear you
Props
things which actors hold in their hands and use to define action
Quiet on set/Quiet in the house
a call from the director for silence
Run
to complete a scene or play with no stops
Stage directions
nine areas on the stage; left and right are from the actors perspective. Up and don are akin to a ramp with the highest place near backstage and downstage near the audience
Stage picture
the total composition of levels, planes, proximity, and story created by the actors
sub-text
the internal dialogue of the character, like reading between the lines
take it at will
a call from the director to begin when the actor is ready
Tactic
how a character will obtain their objective
Tech
the period of rehearsal when technical elements such as lights, sound, set, and costume are added into rehearsal
Upstaging
when your actions or body position are keeping the audience from seeing necessary action
Left/right Wings
behind the side curtains and not in view of the audience