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Basic Theatre Terminology

Mrs. Beane

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4.At a stage in rehearsals when the actors are no longer using their scripts as lines have been committed to memory
5.The interplay between performers
7.Any performers, crew, stage hands, etc. associated with a particular show
9.The orchestral beginning to the show, usually incorporating many of the familiar themes of the musical into it. It gets the audience into the spirit of the musical before the show begins
10.To play more than one role in the same production
11.Providing the actors with their locations on stage and their actions
13.A young girl's role (often in a romantic setting)
15.Space at the sides of the stage, just behind the curtains. Performers enter and exit from the wings
16.A short remark made to the audience by one of the characters in the play
17.The place where one can purchase tickets to the show
19.Quickly cutting the lights to make the stage area completely dark
20.An opening in the stage floor where performers and/or props etc. can disappear
23.A reception lounge for performers, waiting to go on
24.A performer who is ready to take over a specific role if the original performer is unable to do a performance (usually due to illness)
26.To dismantle the set
31.A rehearsal where lighting, scene changes, sound cues and special effects are rehearsed
32.A sunken area at the front of house where the musicians and conductor are housed. The conductor is elevated so that both musicians and performers can see him
35.Those lights that illuminate the audience area and are turned off before the show commences
37.The process of choosing performers to play the selected roles
39.book or script of an opera or musical
41.A small role
42.Final bows at the end of a performance
44.A rehearsal of a part of the script (without interruption)
45.A gauze or net curtain that becomes transparent when lit from behind
46.Adding the traits, quirks and mannerisms of a particular character
48.The furniture, props, backdrops etc. that transform the bare stage into the proper location for the performance
1.The dialogue (libretto) of a musical. (the script)
2.A long speech given by one character
3.The major theatrical district in New York City
6.When a director selects a few performers from auditions who are asked to return for a second try-out
8.A process whereby perspective actors/singers/dancers perform in front of a group of individuals usually including the director and/or stage manager who are looking to cast specific roles and chorus
12.Being able to deliver words or actions at the most effective moment
14.A person who is used to provide proper background but who doesn't have lines
18.Reading a part from a script that one has not rehearsed before
19.An old theatrical adage meaning "good luck"
21.An arch that separates the stage from the audience
22.The number of performances of a particular production
25.Although the director can fall under many subheadings, it is the person responsible for the overall artistic vision of the production
27.A repetition of an earlier musical number (in part or in whole)
28.Any area not seen by the audience, including dressing rooms
29.A final rehearsal with all make-up, costumes, sets, lighting, sound etc. A dry run of the exact performance, just without an audience
30.Can include lobby and box office. A place where audience members can mingle before the performance starts
33.The main division of a play or musical
34.Visual humor - can involve a prop, costume, or movement
36.The place where the audience is seated (often also refers to the audience itself)
38.A singer/dancer who knows the chorus parts and who substitutes for missing chorus members
40.A stage area where the audience sits on 3 sides
41.A style of singing in which a large, full tone is used. (found in musical theatre)
43.The part of the stage in front of the curtain (between the proscenium arch and the edge of the stage)
47.That which signals when to enter, exit, play music, change lighting, etc

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