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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. A platform where pig irons are loaded onto or off of arbors






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






3. Underneath the stage where things are stored (like ERS' or Fresnels and seats)






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






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






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






8. A platform where pig irons are loaded onto or off of arbors






9. Levels of intensity






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






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






12. Underneath the stage where things are stored (like ERS' or Fresnels and seats)






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






14. 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.






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






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






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






18. Pressure






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






20. Anything and everything in lobby - downstage from proscenium






21. Grainer






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. 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






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






25. Levels of intensity






26. Designer that usually determines the color of the show






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






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






29. Correct order of a 5 line system pipe






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






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






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






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






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






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






36. 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






37. Makes shoes






38. Orchestra pit where the band plays






39. 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.






40. Makes shoes






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. 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






44. What type of stage is Zellerbach playhouse?






45. Directions from the actor's point of view






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






47. Anything and everything in lobby - downstage from proscenium






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






49. 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






50. 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