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Word Definition
directora person who supervises the creative aspects of a dramatic production or film and instructs the actors and crew
actora person who portrays roles in stage plays, motion pictures, television broadcasts, etc.
stagethe platform on which the actors perform in a theater
prosceniumthe area of a modern theater that is located between the curtain and the orchestra.
flata piece of scenery consisting of a wooden frame, usually rectangular, covered with lightweight board or fabric
spotlighta lamp that produces a strong beam of light to illuminate a restricted area; used to focus attention of a stage performer
applausehand clapping as a demonstration of approval, appreciation, acclamation, or the like
makeupthe total ensemble of cosmetics, wigs, costumes, etc., used by an actor or other performer
producera person responsible for the financial and administrative aspects of a stage; the person who exercises general supervision of a production and is responsible chiefly for raising money, hiring technicians and artists, etc., required to stage a play
propertiesusually movable items, other than costumes or scenery, used on the set of a theater production, motion picture, etc.; any object handled or used by an actor in a performance
sceneryhangings, draperies, structures, etc., used on a stage to represent a locale or furnish decorative background
costumesa style of dress, including garments, accessories, and hairstyle, especially as characteristic of a particular country, period, or people
ticketsa paper slip or card indicating that its holder has paid for or is entitled to a specified theater performance
publicityinformation that concerns a person, group, event, or product and that is disseminated through various media to attract public notice
battena length of metal pipe hung from the gridiron, for suspending scenery or equipment, as drops, flats, or lighting units
roundin the _______ ; a stage in which the audience sits on all sides of the stage
broadwaythe theater district located on or near this street, esp. as the center of the professional or commercial theater in the U.S.
crewaside from the actors, those who perform the backstage elements of a theatre production
curtainsa set of hanging drapery for concealing all or part of the stage or set from the view of the audience
cueanything said or done, on or off stage, that is followed by a specific line or action
fresnelA type of spot light which due to a set of concentric circular ribbing on its surface, gives an even field of light with soft edges
playbillcontains a cast list, cast photos, cast biographies, song lists and who performs the songs, if a musical, and a list of scenes for a particular show
comedyliterary work that aims primarily to provoke laughter
tragedyseeks to engage profound emotions and sympathies
musicaltheatrical show on stage where the production progresses by means of music, song and, often dance
pratfalla clownish exploitation of movement
teasera drapery or flat piece across the top of the proscenium arch that masks the flies and that, together with the tormentors, forms a frame for the stage opening
lightsthe illuminating agents or sources for the stage
audiencethe group of spectators at a theater
playhousea theater
theatreA building, room, or outdoor structure for the presentation of plays, films, or other dramatic performances
balconya gallery in a theater
orchestrathe space reserved for the musicians, usually the front part of the main floor
mezzaninethe lowest balcony or forward part of such a balcony in a theater
ushera person who escorts people to seats in a theater
scriptthe text of a play
dramaa composition in prose or verse presenting in dialogue or pantomime a story involving conflict or contrast of character, esp. one intended to be acted on the stage; a play
dialoguethe conversation between characters in a play
linesusually, the words of an actor's part in a drama, musical, comedy
businessa movement or gesture, esp. a minor one, used by an actor to give expressiveness, drama, detail, etc., to a scene or to help portray a character
playwrightone who writes plays; a dramatist
revuea form of theatrical entertainment in which recent events, popular fads, etc., are parodied
farcea light, humorous play in which the plot depends upon a skillfully exploited situation rather than upon the development of character
backstagebehind the proscenium in a theater, esp. in the wings or dressing rooms
scenea division of a play or of an act of a play, usually representing what passes between certain of the actors in one place
asidea part of an actor's lines supposedly not heard by others on the stage and intended only for the audience
scrima piece of such fabric used as a drop, border, or the like, for creating the illusion of a solid wall or backdrop under certain lighting conditions or creating a semitransparent curtain when lit from behind
promptera person who is offstage and follows a play in progress from the book, repeating missed cues and supplying actors with forgotten lines
satirea literary work holding up human vices and follies to ridicule or scorn
thrusta stage that extends beyond the proscenium arch and is usually surrounded on three sides by seats
apronThe part of a stage in a theater extending in front of the curtain
choreographera person who creates dance compositions and plans and arranges dance movements and patterns for dances in plays
practicalany object which must do onstage the same job that it would do in real life e.g. lamp post or telephone
antagonistthe chief opponent of the protagonist in a drama
barndooradjustable doors attached to the front of stage lanterns to control the area of light covered by a particular beam
blackouta total, sometimes sudden, extinguishing of the stage lights, often at the end of a scene or act
blockingthe process of roughing out the moves to be made by the actors
bounceto bring in the House Curtain fast, then take it out again immediately; lighting term describing light beams reflected off the stage or set
dimmerelectrical device which controls the amount of electricity passed to a lamp and therefore the intensity of the light
downstagethe part of the stage closest to the audience
followspota manually operated spot light with a beam which can be directed to follow an actor around the stage
goboa metal plate with a pattern punched out of it and placed in the gate of a profile spot to produce an image or outline on stage
greenthe part of the stage area visible to the audience
lanternone of the many words for a theatre light; also luminaire, instrument, light, fitting, lamp
lekoan American brand of profile spot, now can mean any profile spotlight. Named after Ed Kook - founder of Century Lighting in the USA - and his partner Levey, who developed the compact ellipsoid spotlight
librettothe part of a musical score containing the sung and spoken words
pancakemake-up item, available in a range of shades, used the world over
pearla lamp with a frosted, translucent envelope, giving a softer more diffuse light
principalsthe actors in a show with the lead or speaking roles
prologuespeech given to the audience by an actor before the start of the play
protagonistthe main character in a play around whom most of the action is based
riggingthe lighting system as a whole
supernumeraryan actor with a non-speaking role to swell a crowd scene; also extra
understudyan actor who learns the part of another ready to step into their shoes should they not be able to perform due to illness or other reasons; also cover
upstagingto deliberately draw focus on stage
critica person who evaluates, dramatic or musical performances for a newspaper or magazine
actone of the main divisions of a play
auditionthe process whereby an actor seeks a role by presenting to a director or casting director a prepared reading or by reading cold from the text of the play being presented
bordera piece of flat scenery, often black velour but sometimes a flat, which is placed horizontally above the set, usually to mask the lighting instruments; borders are often used with side wings, in a scenery system known as wing and border
denouementthe final scene or scenes in a play devoted to tying up the loose ends after the climax
discoverya character who appears onstage without making an entrance, as when a curtain opens
ensembleliterally, the group of actors (and sometimes directors and designers) who put a play together; metaphorically, the rapport and shared sense of purpose that bind such a group into a unified artistic entity
forestagea modern term for apron, the small portion of the stage located in front of the proscenium
improvisationdialogue and/or stage business invented by the actor, often during the performance itself
melodramaoriginally a term for musical theatre, by the nineteenth century this became the designation of a suspenseful, plot-oriented drama featuring all-good heroes, all-bad villains, simplistic dialogue, soaring moral conclusions, and bravura acting
monologuea long unbroken speech in a play, often delivered directly to the audience when it is more technically called a soliloquy
settingor set, the fixed (stable) stage scenery
tableaua frozen moment onstage, with the actors immobile, usually employed at the end of a scene, as the curtain falls or the lights dim
travelera curtain that, instead of flying out, moves horizontally and is usually opened by dividing from the center outward
troupea group of actors who perform together, often on tour; also company