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Acting Mechanics Chapter 1: Theatre Vocab

Quiz for Mr. Wolfe's Acting Workshop One students.
STUDY
PLAY
proscenium line
the line which separates the stage from the audience.
center line
the line which bisects the proscenium line and thus cuts the entire deck in half.
downstage
when an actor walks toward the audience from centerstage, he is said to be walking _____________________.
left
when an actor crosses toward the audience's right, he is said to be walking in this direction.
instage
when an actor moves toward the center of the stage he is said to be walking _______________________.
cyclorama or "cyc"
the large, light-colored fabric stretched tight on a curved track along the back wall is called ______________________.
house
the theatrical name for where the audience sits.
upstage
when an actor walks toward the cyclorama away from the proscenium line he is said to be walking __________________________.
deck
the nautical name sometimes given to the stage floor.
apron
an area of the stage in some theatres which juts out into the audience, extending past the proscenium line.
wings
the place in the theatre where one traditionally waits to make an entrance.
legs
the hard-wall "flats" or velour curtains that separate parts of the side stage and are meant to serve as a secure entrance area from the backstage.
flies
the area above the stage usually outfitted with lighting instruments and rigging for scenery and other effects.
voms
the tunnels that create entrances from the understage area.
Down(stage) Center (DC)
Up(stage) Right (UR)
left center (lc)
down right center (drc)
Stage Left (SL)
Center(stage) (C)
Quarter Left (1/4 L)
Profile Left (PL)
Three Quarter Left (3/4 L)
Full Back (FB)
Three Quarter Right (3/4 R)
Profile Right (PR)
Quarter Right (1/4 R)
Full Front (FF)
"voms"
the tunnels emerging from the house that lead to the stage for actor entrances.
blocking
the task a director undertakes in early rehearsals for a play in which he gives instructions to actors about where on stage they should move at particular points in the dialogue or action.
cross
any movement an actor makes that takes him from one block of the stage to another.
sharing the scene
when two actors face each other onstage making the focus split between the two.
upstaging
the ungenerous act of an actor to force the focus onto himself by making his scene partner turn upstage to face him.
artfully arranging
the art a knowledgeable actor uses to make sure the director's stage picture does not have any unintended, repetitious patterns.
body orientation
the manner in which an actor's position onstage relates to the proscenium line.
Full Front (FF)
the body orientation in which the actor is facing downstage with his feet perpendicular to the proscenium line.
Full Back (FB)
the body orientation in which the actor is facing upstage with his back parallel to the proscenium line.
Profile
the body orientation in which the actor is facing either stage right or stage left with his feet parallel to the proscenium line.
One-quarter
the body orientation in which the actor's feet are at a 45 degree angle facing either stage right or stage left in relation to the proscenium line.
reprise
the repetition of an important unit in a story. Most often found in musical theatre when a song is repeated for thematic reasons.
personality acting
when an actor makes choices that are similar to those of his own persona.
character acting
when an actor makes choices that are noticeably different to those associated with his own persona.
associative power
the concept driving an actor's decision-making which deals with the manner in which the audience perceives story.
body level
an actor's awareness of his body's relationship to the stage floor, such as sitting, standing, crouching, or lying down.