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Stagecraft Basics

Subject : performing-arts
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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