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  1. Technical Elements • Staging: deliberate choices about where the actors stand & how they move on stage

  2. Sound • effects an audience hears during a performance to communicate character, context, or environment

  3. Lighting • Lighting: placement, intensity, & color of lights to communicate environment, mood, or feeling

  4. Technical Elements • Costumes: clothing & accessories worn by actors to portray character & period

  5. Props • Props: any article, except for costume or scenery, used as part of a dramatic production…any moveable object

  6. Makeup • Makeup: costumes, wigs, & body paint used to transform an actor into a character

  7. Scenery • theatrical equipment, such as curtains, flats, backdrops, or platforms, used in a dramatic production to communicate environment

  8. Jobs in Theatre • Crew-committee of technicians who work behind the scenes creating the scenery, costumes, props and so on. • Stage crew-the group of technicans responsible for building the scenery. During a production, this crew is in charge of any scene changes.

  9. Jobs (Cont.) • Prop crew-the crew in charge of stage properties (props). • Costume crew-the committee in charge of costuming the show. • Make-up crew-the crew in charge of designing and applying make-up for each character.

  10. Jobs (Cont.) • Sound crew-the group responsible for planning and preparing all sound effects needed for a production. • Light crew-the technicians responsible for planning, preparing, and running the stage lights for a production. • Publicity crew-the committee responsible for organizing and implementing all advertising for a production.

  11. Jobs (Cont.) • House crew-committee in charge of printing tickets and programs and managing the box office and house during the performances. • Masking-any material such as curtains or scenery used to block an audience’s view of the backstage area. • Scenery-curtains, backdrops, or any structures constructed to transform an empty stage into a background for a play.

  12. Jobs (Cont.) • Set pieces-large portable pieces of the stage setting. • Stage manager-the person in charge of supervising backstage. • Playwright-one who writes plays. • Screenwriter-a writer who writes television or movie scripts.

  13. Jobs (Cont.) • Director-person in charge of the artistic production of a play. • Producer-person responsible for the entire production, including obtaining financial backing, paying the bills, and hiring the director and creative staff.

  14. Jobs (Cont.) • Set designer-this person’s job is to visually set up the stage in a way that gives life to the playwright’s words. • Community theatre-a group of people who uses local talent of all ages to produce plays.

  15. Jobs (Cont.) • Theatre teacher -an educator who specializes in theatre arts or drama. • Set designer-hired to design the sets for a production. • Property master-a person who would help create the sets and find the perfect props for a production.