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Theatre Terminology. Fourth Wall : Fourth Wall - The invisible wall that separates the actors and the audience Illusion of the First Time - An actor’s tool to make everything new and fresh

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Fourth Wall:

  • Fourth Wall - The invisible wall that separates the actors and the audience

  • Illusion of the First Time - An actor’s tool to make everything new and fresh

  • Script - The text the playwright gives the actor to work from

  • Side - A portion of the script – usually used for auditions or when the script is large and the actor only has a bit part.

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Approach the studying of acting:

  • 16 Bars - In music, this is the usual amount that an actor will sing at the audition

  • Counter - A type of blocking move where an actor moves to open a window for other actors

  • Open Up - Physically turn your body so the audience can see you

  • Cross - A blocking move across the stage to another position

  • Windows - Creating pockets on actors onstage so that every actor can be seen

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Staging Techniques:

  • Proscenium - Type of stage that is shaped like a picture frame

  • Thrust - Type of stage that juts out from the proscenium arch

  • Black Box - Type of theatre (usually used for experimental theatre) where the stage and audience positions can be changed

  • In the Round - Type of stage where the audience surrounds the actors and the action taking place onstage

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  • Prop - Anything the actor picks up with his hands and moves around the stage

  • Set - The scenery, furniture, etc. that make up what the audience sees onstage; doesn’t move

  • Theatre - The art form that we study

  • Theater - The place where we perform theatre

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  • Improvisation - No set script; make it up as you go along

  • Subtext - The “writing between the lines” what the characters are really saying without saying it

  • Motivation - Why your character does what they do

  • Exposition - What we know about each character at the beginning of the action

  • Pantomime - Using the body to tell a story without words HIGHSCHOOL STUDENTS PERFORM A FIRST DATE

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History of Theatre: From Ritual to Theatre minutes)

  • Protagonist - The hero of the show

  • Antagonist - Whoever is against the hero


  • Chorus - (Usually in Greek theatre) the characters without names that move and speak together Example:

  • Ensemble - All the actors that are not principal players

  • Climax - The highest point of the action – the turning point

  • Reacting- What the actor who is not speaking does while other actors are speaking