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house right/ house left
right and left from the audience's viewpoint facing the actor
director decides on positions of the actors ("stage picture"), when they move and where; literally every move an actor makes on the stage is called an actor's blocking
design elements
line, shape, form, color, value, texture, and space
usually a vocal, a solo, or a lead instrument
the basic unit we use to measure time; the regular pulsation heard in music; usually what we tap our foot to
lighting designer
decides on how to light the stage; chooses gel colors, types of lighting
stage right/ stage left
right and left from the actor's viewpoint facing the audience
the person in the story being portrayed by a human being
the movement and relationship of intervals and chords; harmony is vertical
a graphic symbol
the fourth wall
an imaginary glass wall which allows the audience to look into the lives of the characters in a play without their knowlege
thrust stage
a theatre space where the audience surrounds the stage/ acting area on three sides
small pieces of blocking that involve an actor's interaction with a prop, the scenary or another actor; usually comic, also called a "bit" or if it is an old "bit" like getting a pie in the face or slipping on a bannanna peel it is called a "schtick"
time signature
the numbers placed at the begining of a musical piece which signify a certain "meter"
exterior set
scenery depicting an outdoor scene
green room
a place backstage where actors assemble before and during the show; a waiting room
the words in the script which the actor memorizes and then speaks in the play
speaking loudly enough to be heard in the back of the house
a theatre space where the audience faces one direction and watches the play through a frame or arch
the guiding hand on the production of the play; the ultimate authority on casting, design, interpretation of the text and all aspects of the production
also called props; these are smalled hand-held items like glasses, books, papers, phones, etc; whoever brings the prop on stage is responsible for the getting the prop where it needs to be later on
always trying to keep your face (therefore your voice and your lines) toward the audience
the element that organizes movement in time; refers to the length or duration of individual notes
set designer
decides how the scenary will look and how it will be built; choses paints colors and all materials; produces scale drawings for technical director to use in construction
vicarious experience
experiencing from a safe distance what the actor is experiencing
bar lines
the vertical lines across the staff which helps measure musical notation
follow spot
the large movable spotlight used to illuminate a solo actor or singer as they move around the stage
the art of using different kinds of instruments by a composer- how and when and what kind of instrument is used throughout a composition
musical texture
the interweaving of melodic and harmonic elements in the musical "fabric"
the line said just before your line; also the line or event in a play just before a lighting or sound change
organic theory of play production
the idea that every production should be a unified whole
the five horizontal lines on which music is written
arena stage (in the round)
a theatre space where the audience surrounds the stage/acting area on all sides
the rate or speed
curtain call
when the actors bow infront of the audience after the story of the play is finished; normally begin with minor roles and progress to larger ones; it is the audience's chance to thank the actors for their work
interior set
scenery depicting the inside of a building or room
musical form
a rational arrangement of music; a work's structure or shape
when the accent is shifted to the weak beat or the off beat
short phrases that occur in a space between the leads
another actor who knows a role and can subsitute if the need arises; still paid in the professional world even if they do not preform
the main rythmic figure; usually the beat
unit set
scenery which rarely moves and can represent many different locations in the story of the play
the human being on stage pretending to be a character in a story
long sustaining notes or chords
taking it all apart when the show is done
the volume
stage manager
"calls" the show as a conductor conducts an orchestra; coordinates the execution of all light and sound and SFX cues; assists director by writing all blocking and notes on his script; second in command of the production
"off book"
when the actor knows the lines; the book is the play script
a rythmic notation which signifies a specific time of silence with a measure of music
costume designer
decides on how costumes will look; choses all fabrics and colors; makes patterns for costume technicians to use for construction; responsible for historical/ stylistic accuracy
"break a leg"
this is the traditional way to say "good luck" to an actor
the relative position (high or low) of a tone or sound in music
the reason a charater does something; blocking should help make this clear; every piece of blocking must look motivated
a musical horizontal line; a coherent succession of single pitches; usually what we remember and hum and wistle
the organization of parts into a coherant whole

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