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Stagecraft Basics

Subject : performing-arts
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1. Space above the stage - Space above the stage where scenery may be lifted out of sight by means of ropes and pulleys

2. Set that's on the ground to stand on; painted

3. According to what do lighting designers arrange their light plots - allowing them to follow a 'map' of the plot

4. In the theatre - the person who decides where the lighting instruments should go - how they should be colored - and which ones should be on at any particular time

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

6. Helps to protect the audience from fires that happen on stage - comes in fast and helps to conceal the fire in one place

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

8. 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

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

10. 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

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

12. Made of plastic or vinyl - can project lights and images from front or back of them.

13. First rules of safety in theater

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

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

16. A system of rigging and ropes that is used to raise and lower scenery within on stage - operated by hand or mechanically from backstage.

17. Orchestra pit where the band plays

18. The side areas of the stage - out of view of the audience; the area where the actors wait for their entrances

19. The part of the stage closest to the audience

20. A stage area out of sight of the audience

21. To use a fire extinguish (acronym)

22. (sizes of wood) 2 x 4 (nominal) > first milled - then changes because of shaving ... actual is 1.5 x 3.5 - for this class know 2x4 - 1x3 - 4x4... within that range

23. Levels of intensity

24. Space above the stage - Space above the stage where scenery may be lifted out of sight by means of ropes and pulleys

25. 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.

26. Also known as teasers - hung over head of the stage main use is to mask any equpiment usually fixtures you dont want audience to see

27. Metal connectors that holds the fire curtain in the air

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

29. Loft blocks in Zellerbach Playhouse are __________ for easier access and movement

30. Corridor or hallway to make quick passage way from one side to another - behind stage

31. What kind of pipe batten does Zellerbach use/order?

32. Most effective device for controlling a fire in the theatre - or any building

33. Mounted to the gridiron or support steel that supports and changes the direction of a lift line rope between the load and the head block

34. A theater stage that extends out into the audience's part of a theater and has seats on three sides

35. A performance space in which the audience sits all around the stage; sometimes called in-the-round

36. A lighting instrument characterized by hard-edged light with little diffusion; designed for long throws - it is manufactured with fixed and variable focal length lenses; the light beam is shaped with internally mounted shutters.

37. Imaginary line from one side of the proscenium opening tot he other - divides apron from the stage floor.

38. A curtain that can be lowered and raised onto a stage from the flies

39. Levels of intensity

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

41. Flat view of area if cut or sliced - like a dissection and see inner workings of multiple levels

42. Also called the main drape - the grand curtain - or the main rag; the one that has to open for the show to start

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

44. Anything and everything in lobby - downstage from proscenium

45. Makes shoes

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

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

48. First rule of any work done in theatre space or shop

49. The area onstage furthest away from the audience

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