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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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1. Orchestra pit where the band plays






2. One that makes - trims - designs hats; also sometimes handles accessories






3. Six steps to hang a light (fresnel or ellipsoidals)






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






5. A stage area out of sight of the audience






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






7. A narrow - elevated walkway above the stage or the house or stage where crew members might access lights or flown scenery






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






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






10. 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






11. Scenery used to block the audience's view of parts of the stage that should not be seen






12. Large portables pieces of the stage setting






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






14. A hose connection for a fire hose






15. What type of stage is Zellerbach playhouse?






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






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






18. Also known as legs - flats or curtains at the extreme right and left of stage






19. Pressure






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






21. The area onstage furthest away from the audience






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






23. (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






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






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






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






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






28. Directions from the actor's point of view






29. 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






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






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






32. Scenery used to block the audience's view of parts of the stage that should not be seen






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






34. Hire and fire Managing Director and Artistic Director - these are patrons w/ money & connections - in the upper echelons of authority and want to help theater but doesn't necessarily know how






35. Made of channels - A visual or aural signal that indicates the beginning of an action - line of dialogue - or piece of music






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






37. 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






38. Front part or area of the stage extending past the main act curtain; also called lip






39. Concierge - takes care of everyone - handles contracts






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






41. Stage weights that remain on arbor when there are no scenery or lights attached






42. Pressure






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






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






45. The part of the stage closest to the audience






46. Levels of intensity






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






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






49. The area onstage furthest away from the audience






50. Concierge - takes care of everyone - handles contracts