Theatre Terms - Crossword definitions, the renaissance, semester exam study
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qualities that evaluate the ability of a theatre to clearly transmit sounds from the stage to the audience.
main division of a drama, ACTS may be further divided into SCENES.
a performer in a play; may be male or female.
a reinvention of an existing story or play; includes turning novels into plays, plays into musicals, or making changes in language or plot.
making up a line not originally in a play, usually done when an actor forgets a line or someone
misses an entrance.
the opponent or adversary of the main character (protagonist); provides the obstacle the protagonist tries to overcome.
stage placed in the center of a room with audience seating surrounding it, also known as theatre in the round.
a brief remark made by a character and intended to be heard by the audience but not by other
tone or mood established by events, places, or situations.
refers to the action taking place as the curtain rises.
a brief performance of either a monologue or a short scene done by actors for the director of a play in order for the director to decide which actor he or she wants to cast in a particular role.
refers to the areas not a part of the actual stage, but restricted for actors and crew members. It usually includes the green room and the dressing rooms, and frequently offices and scenic shops as well.
the small room set up for the management of the technical elements needed during a play,
usually set behind the audience with a window facing the stage. The Stage Manager calls the show from
there. The sound and light board operators run the audio and lighting equipment from there as well.
BREAK A LEG
a superstitious good luck wish exchanged by actors who feel that saying "good luck" is a
the time at which an actor is supposed to be at rehearsal or performance.
a second or third audition used to further narrow the field of actors competing for a
particular role in a play.
(verb) to assign parts to the actors in a play.
(noun) group of actors in a particular play.
notice to actors of an audition for parts in a play
a person in a play created by the playwright and represented by an actor.
the artist in charge of creating the dances and/or movements used by actors in a
(of a script or play) the moment of highest tension or suspense in a play; the turning point after
which all action moves to a resolution.
a story where the protagonist (main character) achieves his/her goal.
a humorous moment, scene or speech in a serious drama which is meant to provide
relief from emotional intensity and, by contrast, to heighten the seriousness of the story.
the clothes worn by actors in an a play designed to fit the era, mood, and personality of the characters as well as enhance the overall design look of the production.
the artist in charge of creating the look of the costumes for a play.
COSTUME SHOP MANAGER
the person in charge of realizing the vision of the costume designer in actual clothes, responsible for maintaining the costumes and wigs during the course of the production.
a writer who reviews plays.
a hidden passage, often behind the scenery, through which actors can go from one side of the stage to the other without being seen by the audience. It is used if actors need to exit on one side and make their next entrance from the opposite side.
the last words or actions that come before another actor's speech or entrance; a light, sound or
end of a scene; closing of a curtain to depict the end of an act or scene.
the process of actors taking their bows, receiving applause, and/or being reintroduced to the audience at the end of a play.
member of the cast in charge of working with the dancers to maintain the quality of the dance numbers, make sure dancers are properly warmed up before performance, and teach understudies
and new cast members existing numbers.
a person who conceives and creates the plans for scenery, costumes, lighting, sound, makeup, hairstyles, props and other visual aspects of a performance.
a speech pattern which is distinctive, or the use of a cultural accent on stage.
conversation between two or more actors in a play.
person responsible for working with a cast on correct pronunciation and dialect
a person responsible for initiating the interpretation of the play, enhancing that interpretation with the concepts of the designers and making all final decisions on production values; tells the actors
where to move and how best to communicate the interpretation of the play to the audience.
front area of the stage, nearest to the audience
: the playscript itself; the art of writing and staging plays; a literary art form different from poetry or other fiction.
cast of characters in a drama or, more generally, participants in an event.
a person in charge of assisting actors with their costumes, wigs, and makeup during a
: the place where actors take their costumes, wigs, and makeup on and off. Sometimes dressing rooms are communal, one for men, one for women, sometimes actors have a dressing room all to themselves or to share with just one or two other actors. Dressing rooms often contain (or are in close
proximity to) toilets, sinks, showers, lighted make-up tables and sleeping areas.
stage direction meaning "they exit."
stage direction telling an actor to leave the stage.
dialogue which gives the audience the background information it needs to follow the
action of the play; most will occur early on in the play.
the movement of an actor onto the visible areas of the stage.
(of a script or play) the acceptance of the situation derived from the climax; the
conflict is worked out or resolved.
the artist in charge of staging fight scenes, can include swordplay, other
weapons, or barehanded combat.
a hint of what is to come in the story. This is often used to keep the audience in a
state of expectancy.
hired by an author to write on his or her behalf; receives no public credit.
a small lounge backstage where actors can relax and get ready to go on.
the audience or the theatrical building.
the employee in charge of the audience during a performance, trains ushers, runs the concessions, and troubleshoots seating problems.
to make up as you go along; often used as a rehearsal technique to make actors more
comfortable with their characters; may be a part of some performance situations.
(of a script or play) the launching pad of the play; the action or short sequence of
actions that constitute the point of attack.
a contrast between what is and what appears to be. Two types of irony are--- VERBAL IRONY
when a character says one thing and means another; DRAMATIC IRONY when the audience knows
something that the character does not
artist in charge of creating the lighting effects for a play.
cosmetics, wigs, hair colorings, or other items applied to the actors to change or enhance their
play with exaggerated plot and emotion
long speech spoken by one actor without interruption
a character's reason for saying or doing something; actors search for this in studying their
role and use voice and movement to relay it to the audience.
a person familiar with the ways people physically relate to one another in different historical periods, as well as general historically and culturally accurate movements. (How to properly use a fan, how women walk while corseted, where and how men and women might stand in relation to one another, etc.)
one who tells the story; speaks directly to the audience.
what the character wants/needs/desires.
areas on the stage which are not seen by the audience, like the wings or the crossovers,
where action can take place and be heard by the audience, or where actors can wait for their entrances.
author of a play.
the story of the play.
any moveable item used on the set of a play or handled by an actor.
form of staging in which an arch frames the stage; the stage is at one end of a room and
the audience sits in front of it, watching the play through an arch which frames the action.
opening in the proscenium through which the audience views the play.
the main character; the person whose success or failure the audience is most concerned.
the time period before a play opens involving the practice of the dialogue, movement,
rhythms and interpretations of the play.
(of a script or play) the sequence of action and events that leads to the climax of the play; the conflict becomes clear and tension builds as obstacles are presented.
people in charge of moving scenery and props onstage during a performance, and helping
create live audio or visual special effects.
a small unit of a play in which there is no shift of locale or time.
a painter or machinist who reproduces the scene designer's drawings in full scale on the
the written words and stage directions created by a playwright.
the scenery of the play; depicts time, place and mood.
the artist in charge of creating the physical world in which the play will live; usually creates in drawings and scale models
a speech given by a character alone on the stage where the audience gets to know the inner thoughts and feelings of the character.
the person who discharges the correct sounds or music at the appropriate
moment in the play.
the artist responsible for the creation of the sounds heard during a performance, including music and special effects.
small pieces of physical action put into a scene to heighten its appeal, suspense or sense of reality.
information written into a script which tells the actors when and where to move, or describes the intent or mood of action, may also describe scenery or props.
side of the stage on the actors' left as they face the audience.
side of the stage on the actors' right as they face the audience.
person who coordinates all aspects of the production during production and performance, runs or calls the show.
the thoughts behind the words the actor speaks.
the main idea or ethical precept the play deals with.
a stage set at one end of the room which extends out into the audience area; audience surrounds the stage on three sides.
: awards given annually by the American Theatre Wing for outstanding contributions to the theatre; officially the Antoinette Perry Awards.
a story where the protagonist does not achieve his/her goal.
taking a play in one language and converting it into another.
: an actor who has memorized all the lines and action of an actor in a play, so that if the original actor falls ill or cannot perform, there is someone prepared to take his or her place at a moment's notice.
the part of the stage farthest from the audience. Also, to steal the scene from another actor by moving upstage, forcing the downstage actor to turn his or her back on the audience.
: the areas offstage right and left, hidden from the audience, where actors can enter or exit, do quick costume changes, receive or discard props, or speak lines meant to be heard as if from another room.