On Monday, October 24 we will have our tech words vocabulary quiz. Please don’t forget to study!
Intro to Theatre
Vocabulary (tech-related words)
- Center Stage: the middle of the stage
- Downstage: area of the stage that is closest to the audience
- Upstage: area of the stage farthest away from audience, toward the backstage wall
- Stage Left: stage area to actor’s left as she faces the audience
- Stage Right: stage area to actor’s right as he faces the audience
- Backstage: area behind stage not visible to audience
- Wings: offstage to right or left of the acting area
- Fourth Wall: imaginary wall between stage and audience
- House: auditorium where the audience sits to watch the play
- Proscenium: permanent framed opening through which the audience sees the play
- Costumes: clothing that the actors wear onstage
- Flat: A basic unit of scenery that is usually a wooden frame covered by fabric or wood to represent walls. They sometimes have doors or windows built into them.
- Platform: A raised level surface on which people or things can stand.
- Set: The complete stage setting for a play consisting of flats and platforms
- Props: (Properties) All items used on stage that are not part of the set or costumes. Hand-held items used by an actor are referred to as Personal Props.
- Strike: take down set and props after the show’s final performance
- Heads: shouted warning for the staff to be aware of activity above them, also used when an object is being dropped from above
- Cue to Cue: cutting out action and dialogue between technical cues during a tech rehearsal to save time
- Director: The director is the key figure in a theatrical production, coordinating everything from the casting, through rehearsals, to the final performance. Directors are responsible for the artistic interpretation of the play
- Technical Director: person responsible for the technical requirements of a production