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Arts and Humanities
Intro to Theatre
Terms in this set (49)
Aka: Theatre in the round. The audience is on all four sides of the stage.
When the actor speaks to the audience and the rest of the actors on stage pretend not to hear.
A part with very few speaking lines. A small part in the play.
The instructions the director gives during the rehearsal about where to stand, when to enter, and how to say the line. Stopping the action in the scene by refusing to go along with what your partner is trying to do on stage.
The middle of the stage.
The men who sang to the audience (from greek theatre). Thespias was the first person to break out from the group and act out the action!
An audition in which the actor uses a script that he or she has never read before. This is the most difficult kind of audition.
To move across the stage.
The dialogue, movement, sound effect, or silence that lets the actor know it is her/his time to do (or say) something.
The person in charge. He or she has the vision for what the completed play should look like.
The area of the stage closest to the audience. Originally determined by the "raked stage."
To do or act.
Influenced by bodily relaxation, proper breathing, and good posture.
When no one actor is more important than anyone else in the cast. (And Crew).
Concentrating on the line, scene, etc.
The invisible wall between the audience and the actors on stage.
The plastic sheets used to change the color of the lights.
The movement of any part of the body to express an idea.
The type of theatre that American theatre is based upon. Consisted of the chorus who sang the story-including the action.
To stop proceedings.
A conversation between two or more characters.
To emphasize a line.
Illusion of the first Time
To give the audience the impression that this performance is the first time the lines have ever been said.
Acting without a script.
The sound made during a stage hit.
A piece of dialogue.
A repeated movement that reveals part of a character's personality.
A type of acting in which the physical movement is the most important thing. The magic "If."
A long speech given by an actor.
The reason a character does something.
A play in which all or part of the dialogue is sung.
The areas not on the stage.
To act without words.
Called 2-5 minutes before the show starts to let the actors know that they need to get into their place for the opening scene.
The person who wrote the play.
The picture frame stage.
The part of the stage furthest from the audience is higher than the part of the stage closest to the audience.
Type of literature or drama in which showing life as it really is, is more important than anything else.
Using a sense or memory in order to make your characterization more realistic.
A long speech given by one actor in which the actor tells his or her innermost thoughts.
Everything to do with putting on a play except for the money.
The actions performed by an actor because they are written in the script.
Anxiety or fear brought on by performing in front of an audience.
The part of the stage to the actor's left and the audience's right.
The second in command. Answers only to the director. Keeps the backstage crew and actors working.
The area of the stage to the actor's right and the audience's left.
To tear down the stage after a show is over.
The unwritten motivation of a character.
Theatre of the Absurd
Type of drama in which daily life and man are seen as being ridiculous. There's no happy ending and it does not follow chronological order.
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