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Drama Movement Review

Review of theater movement concepts and terms
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What does it mean to be "offstage"?
Not literally OFF the stage, but out of sight from the audience, in the wings or behind the flats.
How should you walk on stage?
Naturally, like your character would in real life.
How should you turn on stage?
Always towards the audience. Never turn away from them so that your back is towards them.
When sitting on stage, what should you never do?
Never slouch or sit so deeply it would take a lot of effort to get up.
To move "upstage" means to move which direction?
Away from the audience
To move "downstage" means to move which direction?
Towards the audience
If the director tells you to move stage left, should you move towards your left or the audience's left?
YOUR (the actor's) left
If the director tells you to move stage right, should you move towards your right or the audience's right?
YOUR (the actor's) right
Which is the position of greater strength- stage right or stage left? Why?
Stage right, because Western audiences are conditioned to read left to right, so our eyes naturally drift to that side of the stage first.
What is a "cross" on stage?
To move from one point to another
When you are writing down your blocking, how do you indicate a cross (movement from one point to another on stage)?
With an X, i.e. Maria X to SL
Why should you usually avoid moving or making a cross while another character is talking?
Because you will steal attention away from the speaker
If you are the speaking character and you must cross while you are speaking, should you move in front of or behind other actors on stage?
In front of. The moving figure always dominates.
If the script or necessary blocking calls for you to move or cross the stage while another character is talking, should you move in front of or behind other actors on stage?
Behind, the speaking character should always dominate the audience's attention.
What does it mean to "cheat out"
To turn towards another character at an angle so that your back is never to the audience.
Why do we "cheat out," or turn at an angle, when on stage?
So that our backs are never to the audience.
If you find yourself in the direct path of another character's necessary cross, what would the blocking necessitate that you do?
A "counter cross," that is, giving way a little by adjusting your position after the cross.
What is an "open stance"?
Standing with your body directly facing the audience, feet slightly apart.
What is "blocking"?
Planning the movemenbt and arrangement of the actors on stage
How do you remember the blocking that your director gives you?
You write down ALL of it, in detail, in a pencil, in your script, right next to the lines in which the blocking occurs.
Why would a character stand in an "open stance" or full front facing the audience?
To draw attention to that character.
Where do we traditionally put the most climatic scenes?
Downstage center
Where do we traditionally put dignified scenes?
Upstage center
Where do we traditionally put romantic scenes?
downstage right
Where do we traditionally put scenes that build tension?
downstage left
Where do we traditionally put scenes that are unrealistic?
upstage left
Why would a director bunch many characters together on stage but leave one character alone, surrounded by space?
To put emphasis on the character that is alone.
What is "blocking"?
Planning the movemenbt and arrangement of the actors on stage
What does it mean to "cheat out"
To turn towards another character at an angle so that your back is never to the audience.
When writing notes about blocking, how do we abbreviate center stage?
C
When writing notes about blocking, how do we abbreviate downstage left?
DL
When writing notes about blocking, how do we abbreviate upstage right?
UR
When writing notes about blocking, how do we abbreviate stage left?
SL
When writing notes about blocking, how do we abbreviate downstage right?
DR
When writing notes about blocking, how do we abbreviate downstage center?
DC
When writing notes about blocking, how do we abbreviate upstage center?
UC
What do we call the type of stage in our MPR?
Proscenium
What is a ground plan?
A diagram of where the furniture is placed on stage as well as exits and entrances
What is a "cross" on stage?
To move from one point to another
What does it mean to be "offstage"?
Not literally OFF the stage, but out of sight from the audience, in the wings or behind the flats.