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Arts and Humanities
Theater Vocabulary for Technical Theater
Terms in this set (39)
The Main Acting Area of a Theater
The arched opening which divides the stage space from the audience
The areas to the sides of the stage which are concealed from audience view.
Vertical masking used to conceal the wings from view
All the floor space of a theater that is at the same level as the stage.
Openings in the stage floor that can be opened and closed
The audience seating area of a theater
A Proscenium Stage
A stage where the audience is seated on only one side of the stage and is separated from the stage by a arch
A Thrust Stage
A stage where the audience is seated on three sides of the stage.
An Arena Stage
A stage where the audience is seated on all sides of the stage
A Raked Stage
A stage that slopes down towards the audience
The back of the stage, away from the audience
The front of the stage, towards the audience
The middle of the stage
To the right when facing the audience from the stage.
To the left when facing the audience from the stage.
To enter the stage from the wings or to move towards the center of the stage
To move towards the wings or to exit the stage into the wings
To the right when facing the stage from the audience.
To the left when facing the stage from the audience.
The room at the back of the house where the technical aspects of a show are controlled.
The "Green Room"
An off-stage waiting area for the actors and stage crew.
A section of staging which can be stood on and arranged in various positions and heights on the stage.
A platform which is mounted on wheels
A wooden frame covered in canvas (soft) or wood (hard) used to create walls and other vertical surfaces onstage.
A large section of painted fabric hung across the stage
A Cyclorama (Cyc)
A large section of off-white fabric hung across the stage and lit with colored light to create various effects
An open weave fabric which looks solid when lit from the front but becomes transparent when lit from behind.
A disk shaped wagon which rotates on a center point
A Slip Stage
A wagon with props or scenery on it which rolls in a straight line onto and off of the stage
Pipes over the stage and audience from which lights are hung
The Lighting Circuits
Wiring which run from outlets on the lighting grid, into which stage lights are plugged, to the lighting dimmers.
Electronics used to control the intensity of the lights in the theater via the lighting circuits.
The Lighting Board
Computer used to control the dimmers, and therefore the stage lights, during a show. Can also directly control digital (Intelligent) lights directly via DMX.
a scale drawing which shows the layout of a stage from a top down perspective
a scale drawing which shows the layout of a stage from the audience's viewpoint. Drawn without using perspective.
Plans which show details on how a set piece should be built, including size, materials and techniques.
a drawing which details colors and techniques for applying a painted finished.
A model built to a fixed ratio to create an accurate 3-D representation of a theater design.
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