Theatre Arts Vocabulary Review
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the study of the physical properties of sound
to perform for an audience representing another person.
performer, player, thespian.
create lines or action spontaneously when necessary.
a sloping gallery with seats for spectators
someone who offers opposition
part of the stage projecting past the curtain line toward the audience.
process of starting and stopping vowel and consonant sounds.
a line spoken by an actor not intended for others on stage
able to be heard.
people who watch and or listen and respond to a performance.
try out for a role in a play.
scenery hung at the back of the stage
lighting from behind
area that the audience cannot see.
an upper floor projecting over an auditorium's main floor
piece of wood or pipe from which lights, scenery and curtains are hung.
convincing to the audience.
black box theater
a large square room with black walls and a flat floor
all stage lights go off at the same time.
planned movement on stage.
"break a leg"
wish for good luck in a performance.
a written version of a play
the office where tickets of admission are sold
a street in Manhattan where many theaters are located; another term for musical theatre
use the voice to change mood and increase intensity
'small bit of action. ex. bouncing a ball, writing a letter, making a sandwich.
place where announcements and notices for actors and crew are posted.
actors in a play.
selecting the actor who will play each role in a show.
C, middle portion of the stage area; between L & R and U & D.
an actor's portrayal of someone
putting together all facets of a character to make that person a believable individual who can be portrayed before an audience.
cheat, cheat out
'aiming body out toward the audience when talking to another character. climax - 'high point in the action of a scene.
a tryout during which an actor uses materials never seen before
the work of many people toward a common project; work done by many people. comedy - play that treats situations or characters in a humorous way; play with a happy ending. company - actors and crew of a production.
opposition in a work of fiction between characters or forces
someone who designs or supplies costumes
'move to adjust stage picture after another actor has moved.
group of workers who handle a specific aspect of a production.
'move from one stage area to another.
last word or action before your line or action; signal for next line, sound effect, light change, etc.
appearance of the cast at the end of the show in response to the audience applause.
imaginary line on the stage below the grand drape.
to stop action; to omit something
Curtain or drop across back of stage; can serve as background for some scenes.
deliberately impassive in manner
appear for the first time in public
spoken lines in a skit or play; actual words that the characters say.
muscle below the ribs that expands out and down causing air to enter the lungs.
the articulation of speech to be intelligible to an audience
the person in charge of a production. - the BOSS of the play.
a delayed reaction indicating surprise
D, portion of the stage closest to the audience; toward the audience.
final rehearsal before the show opens with full costumes, makeup, lights, sound, props, etc.
actor's task of thinking, feeling, moving & speaking as the character while maintaining technical control - staying open and audible, remembering lines and cues, using "fake" props as if they are real, etc.
'remembering a feeling from your own life to apply to a performance.
repeated or additional performance at the end of a play.
a cast other than the principal roles
'come onto the stage.
expel air from the body.
'leave the stage.
beginning of the play which explains the who, what and where of the plot.
cast member who serves as background for action. Usually used in television or films. eye contact - a performer looking out at the audience directly from time to time. (Should be done at least half the time.)
concluding part of any performance.
canvas covered wooden frame used for scenery.
area between the top of the proscenium arch and the stage ceiling; loft; fly area.
to raise scenery above the top of the proscenium opening to lower it down to the stage floor. followspot - spotlight that can be moved around during a performance. front, out front - see house.
the act of providing vague advance indications
the imaginary wall through which the audience watches the action of a play
actor facing away from the audience. Used only on special occasions.
actor facing the audience directly. Used for important lines and actions.
a thin translucent membrane used over stage lights for color effects
movement of a part of the body to communicate an emotion or idea.
front curtain separating the stage from the audience, often simply called "the curtain."
backstage lounge or waiting room for the actors (almost never painted green!)
holding for laughs
waiting for an audience to quiet down after a humorous line
the audience; place where the audience sits; front, out front
lights that illuminate the audiences part of the theater
words or phrases that appeal to the senses.
ability to form mental images or concepts that are not actually present in reality. A necessary component of theatre, utilized by actors and the audience.
make up dialogue and action as you go; usually guided by an idea, theme, or topic. Acting without rehearsal.
gliding from one pitch level to another. Can change the meaning of words.
take air into the lungs.
short break between the acts of a play or parts of a performance.
announce a scene or selection to an audience, giving information; includes title, author or playwright, and any necessary information to understand the performance.
voice box, contains the vocal cords.
an actor who plays a principal role
left, stage left
L, actor's left when facing the audience.
narrow curtains on either side of the stage that mask the wings.
pieces or sentences of dialogue.
the words of an opera or musical play
cosmetics of various colors applied to the actor's skin so that facial features are visible and/or altered under stage lighting.
hide from audience view.
a daytime performance
first or lowest balcony
a dramatic speech by an actor
the reason behind a character's behavior.
a play or film whose action is interspersed with singing and dancing
rehearsal without scripts
actor turned halfway between full front and profile. Used to share a scene. onomatopoeia - words that sound like what they mean. ex. boom, clack, zip. open, open up - turn toward the audience.
a drama set to musical that is completely sung
seating on the main floor of a theater
lowered area in front of a stage where an orchestra accompanies the performers
tempo or speed at which scene is played. Very important in comedy.
acting without talking or sound effects.
sets made up of 3 flats, shaped as triangles mounted on a wheeled carriage
pick up cues
quickly begin a speech without allowing a pause between the first words of the speech and the cue.
highness or lowness of the voice.
order for actors and crew to get into position for the beginning of a scene.
place a prop on stage before the show so that it is available when the script calls for it.
a printed program for a theatrical performance
person who plans and writes plays.
set piece or prop that is usable, actually works. Ex - door or window that opens and shuts, rock or hill you can stand on, lamps that can be turned on.
the first public performance of a play or movie
person who finds financial investors, hires the director and production staff, sets the budget, etc. for a play production.
actor position facing the wings, left or right. Used for arguments or love scenes.
project, (pro' ject)
throw the voice to the farthest person in the audience.
an introduction to a play
script marked with directions and cues for use by the crews.
person situated offstage who supplies missed lines during a performance. pronunciation - producing the sounds of words. (Correct sounds, stresses and accents can be found in the dictionary.)
all articles and furnishing needed on stage in a play with the exception of scenery and costumes; can be carried on or planted; props.
permanent framed opening through which the audience sees a play.
the principal character in a work
speed or tempo.
cast members working on a production under the guidance of the director.
repeat an earlier theme of a composition
ending, happy or sad; conclusion to a story.
enrichment of sound from its vibration in a closed space.
body chambers where sound vibrates; throat, mouth, nasal cavity & sinus cavities. right, stage right - R, actor's right when facing the audience.
conflict in a scene gets worse and/or more complicated.
part or character played by an actor.
money paid to a playwright for permission to stage his/her play.
performance with beginning, middle and end; section of a play that occurs at one place, at one time.
through - an uninterrupted rehearsal
hangings, structures, etc. that represent a location or decorate the stage; set.
written copy of a play.
'remembering how an action or object felt, looked, smelled, sounded or tasted.
scenery used to identify a location of a dramatic production
a dramatic speech giving the illusion of unspoken reflection
sections of the stage, named for their relation to the audience.
script instructions for movement, business, lighting, sound, etc. Usually in parentheses.
'nervous feeling about performing.
one who moves scenery on and off stage; grip.
the part of the stage on the actor's left
someone who supervises the physical aspects of the show and is in charge of the stage during a performance.
the part of the stage on the actor's right
a loud whisper that can be overheard
standing while clapping after a performance is over as a means to honor the performers
to clear from the stage completely; take down and store away when the run of the play has ended.
a scene presented by silent unmoving actors
take a scene
'get audience attention.
short curtains hung above the stage to mask the lights and battens.
person in charge of everything back of the grand drape except the actors and costumes; answers to the stage manager.
rehearsal for perfecting lights, scenery, sound, and other technical elements.
theatre in the round
theatre facility where the audience surrounds the stage on the all sides; arena stage.
actor facing upstage corners of the stage. Used to give a scene.
stage that extend well past the proscenium arch so that the audience surrounds it on three sides.
difficult to pronounce phrases or sentences used as articulation exercises.
a play in which the protagonist fails to achieve their goal; a play with a sad or tragic ending.
an opening in the stage floor that permits actors to enter from and exit to an area beneath the stage.
group of actors, especially those that tour from place to place.
select for the same kind of role repeatedly
U, portion of the stage farthest from the audience; away from the audience.
an actor able to replace a regular performer when required
changes in rate, pitch, volume and intensity that help a listener stay interested in a vocal performance.
loudness or softness of the voice, sound effects or music.
part where an actor comes on and off stage without saying a line.
backstage area on either side of the stage.