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Theatre Stages and Stagecraft
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This is the part of the theatre where the audience waits before they can enter the theatre to take their seats. This is where programs and tickets are sold.
This is the audience space inside the theatre. This is where the audience sits.
This is what an actor does to make sure that the audience can easily hear what is being said on stage.
This refers to the offstage right and offstage left areas on a proscenium arch stage. This is also where the actors wait immediately before they go on stage.
This is the area on the stage that is the furtherest away from the audience.
This is the area on the stage that is the closest to the audience.
The area of the stage just in front of the curtain on a proscenium arch stage.
Black Box Theatre
A small theatre that is very flexible in the way that the audience and stage space is organized. It is also named like this because the walls are usually painted black.
When the lights go out in a theatre. It shows the end of a scene.
A stage where the audience sits around 3 sides of the acting/performance space. It is possible to have minimal sets on stage, as long as they don't block the audience's view. This type of stage is also called an Elizabethan stage. The thrust stage extends into the audience space so that the audience sits on three sides of the stage. This type of stage makes the audience feel closer to the actors, compared to a proscenium arch stage. The actors must be aware of the audience and play to all three sides.
Proscenium Arch Stage
This type of stage is the traditional type of stage. Sometimes it is also called a picture frame stage. The audience sits in front of the stage. It is as if the audience is looking at a picture with the frame around it. A proscenium arch stage usually has a curtain that can show or hide the stage area. Sometimes there is a section in front of the curtain. This area is called the Apron.
This type of stage is also called Theatre-in-the-round. This is because the audience sits around the central stage. The stage can either be round, like a circus, or square, like a boxing ring. The actors enter the stage through the audience. The actors have to play to all sides. Because there is no backstage, the audience sees all the set changes.
The traverse stage stretches down the middle of the space and the audience is seated on either side of the stage. There are no curtains and the audience sees all scene changes.
The middle of the stage area in a proscenium arch or thrust stage.
Entertainment consisting of jokes and satirical sketches, intended to make an audience laugh. It is the opposite of tragedy.
A play dealing with tragic events and having an unhappy ending, esp. one concerning the downfall of the main character. The opposite of comedy.
The Globe Theatre
The Globe Theatre was a theatre in London associated with William Shakespeare. It was built in 1599. It is a thrust stage, because the audience sits on 3 sides of the stage.
(esp. in Greek and Roman architecture) A round or oval building, typically open-air, with a central space for the presentation of dramatic or sporting events. Tiers of seats for spectators surround the central space.
block or blocking
An improvisation term for a performer's failure to yield or accept an offer; 'blocking' is also a term used to describe a rehearsal process in which the director and performers make decisions about the moves of the performers.
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