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24 terms

Terms 1-25

STUDY
PLAY
Apron
The stage floor between the front edge of the stage and front curtain
Arena stage
Staging in the center of a room with the audience sitting on all sides of the playing area. Sometimes called "theater in the round"
Aside
Words spoken by characters to the audience rather than to the characters, who supposedly do not hear the speech.
Audition
To try out for a play
Backdrop (drop)
A painted canvas or musulin curtain hanging from a batten to form part of the scenery
backstage
the arena behind the scenery not visible to the audience
casting
the process of selecting actors for various roles
cold reading
when an actor auditions for a role without having read the script
cross
when an actor moves from one side of the stage to the other
counter-cross
moving in the opposite direction and out of the way- of another actor who is moving across stage`
downstage
the area of a stage closest to the audience
external traits
characteristics that make up a characters physical appearance such as posture, gestures, mannerism, voice and clothes
forthwall
the imaginary wall through which the audience views the play
fullback/fullfront
facing completely away from or completely toward the audience
going up
forgetting ones lines during rehersal or performance/ blanking
greenroom
a room where actors relax before and after performances
house
another name for auditorium, the place where the audience sits
illusion of the first time
the actors ability to perform in a show over and over while making it appear that a dialogue and situations are happening for the first time
break characters
to do something on stage not in keeping with the character you are playing. ex: to giggle or smile at your audience
call back
when the director wants to see you for a second audition
checkout or open up
when an actor makes sure he or she can be seen by the audience
improvisiation
a situation where the actor makes up dialogue on the spot
method acting
an approach that sells on the actor to use personal experience and sense memory to develop a character
monologue
a long speech by a character