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Stagecraft Basics

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

2. Main wheel at the top of the counterweight arbor system

3. (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

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

5. Levels of intensity

6. What type of stage is Zellerbach playhouse?

7. An imaginary line running from the front to the back of the stage through the exact center of the proscenium arch

8. Fire curtain used to be called this

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

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

12. The area onstage furthest away from the audience

13. Orchestra pit where the band plays

14. 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

15. Makes shoes

16. Directions from the actor's point of view

17. Orchestra pit where the band plays

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

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

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

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

22. Most commonly used lighting instrument in the theatre that we focused

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

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

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

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

27. 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

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

29. Makes shoes

30. Scenery that represents three-dimensional space on a flat surface

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

32. Designer that usually determines the color of the show

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

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

35. Figures out place - theme of season and has final say

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

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

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

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

40. Connection between pipe batten and lift lines - before trim chain.

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

42. Directions from the actor's point of view

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

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

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

47. Large portables pieces of the stage setting

48. 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

49. Large portables pieces of the stage setting

50. Pressure