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Stagecraft Basics

Subject : performing-arts
Instructions:
  • Answer 50 questions in 15 minutes.
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  • Match each statement with the correct term.
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This is a study tool. The 3 wrong answers for each question are randomly chosen from answers to other questions. So, you might find at times the answers obvious, but you will see it re-enforces your understanding as you take the test each time.
1. (Seating) entering & exiting at extreme ends; Zellerbach Playhouse is like this






2. A thin translucent membrane used over stage lights for color effects






3. Hanging cloth used as a blind - especially for a window






4. Steel framework that runs above the stage that is used to support the rigging system






5. Any incline of audience or stage.






6. Lighting instrument whose name refers to the etched or contoured glass lens






7. The area onstage furthest away from the audience






8. Any incline of audience or stage.






9. Type of performance space that is small - created out of a room - painted all black; the scenery can be arranged in any way inside the box






10. Directions from the actor's point of view






11. A curtain or drop made of gauze-like fabric; when lighted from the front - it is opaque - but is transparent if lighted from the back; a firm open-weave fabric used for a curtain in the theater






12. A stage area out of sight of the audience






13. A performance space in which the audience sits in front of the stage and views as if through a picture frame






14. One who works in the theatre as a resource for the history of plays and dramatic literature. They research - study - write - and often teach this material to others






15. What is anything downstage from the plaster line in a proscenium house?






16. What type of stage is Zellerbach playhouse?






17. Anything and everything in lobby - downstage from proscenium






18. To use a fire extinguish (acronym)






19. Orchestra pit where the band plays






20. Designer that usually determines the color of the show






21. The part of the stage closest to the audience






22. A thin translucent membrane used over stage lights for color effects






23. Scenic term - deceiving the eye: from far away looks real but close it's just tricky talent






24. Lighting position: anti-pro - or anti-proscenium






25. (Walls) - Flat pieces of theatrical scenery which are painted and positioned on stage so as to give the appearance of buildings or other background






26. Plug in wall






27. Everything filters through from Artistic Team - knows budget of time - labor - and money; keeps everyone in communication - conductor/diplomat






28. Flat view of area from a direction (north - south - east - west and in between)






29. Everything hands on - the person who figures out how the set will be built and then oversees construction - works closest with Scenic Director






30. The person in charge backstage; he or she helps the director during rehearsals and then takes charge backstage when the play is performed - also has to deal with performer's behavior






31. Best friends with Sound Tech in that both work hand in hand - makes everything work (elec) - wires - hangs - plugs & focuses according to Lighting Designer






32. (Seating) entering & exiting at extreme ends; Zellerbach Playhouse is like this






33. A passage situated below or behind a tier of seats in an amphitheatre - through which crowds can 'spew out' at the end of a performance.






34. Painted boards that the scenic designer uses to communicate with the scenic artist






35. Someone who supervises the actors and directs the action in the production of a show






36. Flat view of area from a direction (north - south - east - west and in between)






37. Flat view - floor plan of the stage and set (used to scale) - view of area if room came off






38. Creates a visual home for the play on stage - setting (color)






39. The purchase (hand) line runs through the __________ so it can be secured in place.






40. The person in charge backstage; he or she helps the director during rehearsals and then takes charge backstage when the play is performed - also has to deal with performer's behavior






41. The person who finds the financial investors - hires the director and production staff - sets the budget - and pays the bills for a theatrical production






42. Final artistic choices go to






43. Correct order of a 5 line system pipe






44. (Framing) - Rails (shorter) always caps a style (long)






45. A curtain that travels up and down inside a guide; fire curtain track






46. A stage area out of sight of the audience






47. A hose connection for a fire hose






48. A metal cutout that is placed in front of the lens of a lighting instrument to create different shadowed images on stage






49. Reinforcers that joints in wood and metal - anything that connects (Keystone - corner block - anything that bridges two pieces together )






50. Any arangment of cloth or other material that curves around the rear of the stage and partiall down the sides usually neutral in color it is often lighted to represent the sky or used as a projection surface