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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. 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






2. 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






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






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






5. Directions from the actor's point of view






6. A performance space in which the audience sits in front of the stage and views as if through a picture frame






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






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






9. 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.






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






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






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






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






15. 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






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






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






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






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






20. Makes shoes






21. The area onstage furthest away from the audience






22. Two instruments - same circuit






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






24. 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






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






26. Plug in wall






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






28. 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






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






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






31. 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






32. Fire curtain used to be called this






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






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






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






36. 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






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






38. Designer that usually determines the color of the show






39. The area onstage furthest away from the audience






40. Concierge - takes care of everyone - handles contracts






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






42. Correct order of a 5 line system pipe






43. Makes shoes






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






45. 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.






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






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






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






49. A stage area out of sight of the audience






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