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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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