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Stagecraft Basics

Subject : performing-arts
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1. A stage area out of sight of the audience

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

3. 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.

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

5. Area above the stage where scenery - drops - and lights are hung when not in use

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

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

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

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

10. Correct order of a 5 line system pipe

11. 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

12. Directions from the actor's point of view

13. Makes shoes

14. The part of the stage closest to the audience

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

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

17. To use a fire extinguish (acronym)

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

19. 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

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

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

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

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

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

25. Designer that usually determines the color of the show

26. 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

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

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

29. Two instruments - same circuit

30. First rules of safety in theater

31. Makes shoes

32. Directions from the actor's point of view

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

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

35. A hose connection for a fire hose

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. The area onstage furthest away from the audience

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