Terms. How to not sound like a total noob in the theater. Blocking. •Planned movement of actors on stage WHY?! •To facilitate the plot •To create interest •To manage stage traffic •To focus attention. Stage Directions. Upstaging. •When an actor moves upstage . . .
How to not sound like a total noob in the theater.
•Planned movement of actors on stage
•To facilitate the plot
•To create interest
•To manage stage traffic
•To focus attention
•When an actor moves upstage . . .
•gaining attention . . .
•by forcing other actors to turn their backs to the audience
Theater in the Round, West Bank, U of M
Has no given structure
Often times chairs are brought in for audience
Wurtele Thrust, Guthrie Theater
Masking- scenery or curtains that block the backstage from view
Batten- pipes that support lighting instruments
Catwalk- walkway above the theater
Act- divisions or portions of the play (didn’t exist in Greek theater)
Fourth wall- an imaginary wall that separates the audience from the action on the stage.
Aside- breaking the fourth wall, or addressing the audience
Corpsing- bringing attention to yourself when your character on stage is supposed to be dead.
Costume- anything worn by the actor on stage
Cue- words or actions at which an actor is expected to deliver a line or a crew member is expected to perform a task (i.e. close a curtain or turn a light on or off)
Dress rehearsal- a full performance before the run of the show begins where every aspect of the show is put together.
Hand prop- something small, like a hanky or a hat, that can be used as a part of the action of the play or as part of the character
House- the entire theater beyond the stage
Mark- a place on stage where an actor will deliver a line (“find your mark”)
Mugging- playing obviously to the audience
Off book- the point in the rehearsals where everybody should know their parts
Pace- the rate or speed at which the piece is performed
Prompt- to give an actor their line
“If you’re on time, you’re late.” -the rule of thumb for being timely to theater practice
Standing Ovation- when a performance is so incredible that you believe it deserves more than the standard clap. It is completely overused and doesn’t hold the same meaning that it used to.