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hierarchy of the theatre

1st test study guide terms- Mr. Robertson 2012 2nd semester
STUDY
PLAY
producer
provides funding for plays...gambling on the success of a production
director
responsible for keeping all aspects of the play unified. Casting, rehearsal, overall look.
stage manager
in complete charge of rehearsals backstage, paperwork, and calling cues during the perfomance
scenery, props, lights, costumes, makeup, and sound
What are the 6 areas of tech. th?
scenic designer
designs scenery, designs props, provides draftings of the set, chooses colors, often builds models of the set
prop master
is in charge of acquiring, storing, and arranging props
sound designer
designs all music and sound effects for the production
lighting designer
creates mood with the lights
costume designer
the person who designs and builds and sometimes rents all clothing and accessories for the production, with the help of the crew
rendering
a nicely drawn picture of a design that is actually used in the play. Drawn on nice paper and is always in color
sketch
a drawing used to show an idea. it is usually in black and white and does not look as nice as a rendering. Often used to show a director your idea
thumbnail
a drawing that is often created very quickly and helps to brainstorm and create ideas. these drawings are not usually very high in quality
production meeting
a meeting for all designers, director, and heads of departments to make sure everyone is on the same page, design-wise, for the production
concept
an idea (famous artwork, color scheme, time period, etc.) that the entire production is based upon and that is reflected in the directing and design work
stage right
acting area to the right of the actor as they face the audience
stage left
acting area to the left of the stage as the actor faces the audience
upstage
acting area farthest from the audience
downstage
acting area closest to the audience
proscenium stage
a type of stage where the audience is on one side
proscenium arch
architectural structure that frames the stage
onstage
the actor is in view of the audience
offstage
the actor is not in view of the audience
apron
acting area downstage of the proscenium
grand drape
formal curtain that separates the audience from the performance space
asbestos curtain
fireproof curtain
traveler
curtain that is able to open and close horizontally
border
short, horizontal curtain used to mask the lights
legs
curtains, hung in pairs on each side of the stage, used to mask backstage
wings
backstage space to either side of the acting area
orchestra pit
lowered area in front of the stage for musicians
arena stage
type of stage where the audience is seated on all sides
thrust stage
type of stage where the audience is seated on 3 sides
counterweight system
system of lines and pulleys used to raise and lower scenery
fly space
space above the acting area used to store scenery
fly rail
area for technicians to run the counterweight system
batten
pipe used to hang scenery and lights on
electric
batten used only for lighting
safety cable
strong cable used to secure lights
grid
area above the stage to which the counterweight system is attached
loading platform
area where the technicians add and remove weights
arbor
metal housing for the counterweights
counterweights
brick shaped weights
scene shop
place to create and store scenery
flat
wooden frame scenic item used to create walls
dressing room
area for the cast to get ready for the performance
green room
area for the cast and crew to relax before and after performances
lobby
area for the audience to wait before and after the play
hierarchy
how things work
makeup designer
works with the costume designer and director to create characters using theatrical makeup
18 feet high 57 feet wide
how big is the proscenium arch at FMHS?
they used to rake the stage so the actors had to act on a tilted stage
how did downstage and upstage come to be called that?
4 legs
how many legs does FMHS have?
27 lbs
how heavy is each counterweight at FMHS?
no
does FMHS have a grid?