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Advanced Theatre Chapter 4 Theatrical Terms Wing space: The areas on either side of the stage which are hidden from the audience. Often called the wings. Masking: Any objects such as curtains or walls which hide things from the audience’s view. Usually curtains and they are black. Theatrical Terms Fly Space: the area above a stage. Lights can be positioned here and scenery can be hidden here and lowered onto the stage when it is needed Theatrical Terms Raked stage: On a raked stage, the stage floor gets higher as it moves away from the audience, so that the back of the stage is actually taller than the front. Stage Directions Downstage: The area of the stage closest to the audience. The front portion of the stage. (DS) Upstage: The area of the stage farthest from the audience. The rear portion of the stage. (US) Stage Directions Center Stage: The exact middle of the stage. Stage Left: the part of the stage to the actor’s left (when facing the audience). Stage Right: the part of the stage to the actor’s right (when facing the audience). A Diagram with Stage Directions Theatrical Terms • Wing and Drop sets: When a play’s scenery is brought in from the sides of the stage (wings) or flown (dropped) in from the above. • Flexible Stage: a performance space that can be altered from one production to the next in order to accommodate the space to the needs and the style of the production. Theatre Types • Black box theatre: Naturally flexible spaces where the audience and stage can be rearranged at the whim of the director and the designers. • Thrust Stage: Three sides surrounded by audiences. • Arena Stage: Audience surrounds the stage • Proscenium Stage: Audience is in front of stage All the Spaces you don’t see: • Box Office: The area in a theatre building where tickets are sold to the public. • Control Booth: This is where the stage manager and the lighting and sound operators work from during the show. The control booth is often found at the back of the auditorium, facing the stage. All the Spaces you don’t see: • Costume Shop: A separate room, usually in the theatre building, where costumes are made, altered, and repaired. • Dressing Room: Area where the actors get in costumes and makeup prior to a performance. All the Spaces you don’t see: • Electrical room / shop: a place where the lighting designers and lighting crew can repair and store stage lights and other lighting equipment. • Green Room: A lounge for the cast and crew. All the Spaces you don’t see: • Scene Shop: A large area, where the sets are built containing plenty of tools, hardware, lumber, paint, and everything else needed to create the physical word of the play. The Light • Ghost Light: Generally, it is a single bare- bulb lamp which is left burning on stage at night where the theatre is empty.
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