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Stagecraft Basics

Subject : performing-arts
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1. A curtain that can be lowered and raised onto a stage from the flies

2. Grainer

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

4. Teeth per inch (razors/blades) - fewer for softer wood - more cuts through metal (unforgiving)

5. Directions from the actor's point of view

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

14. Large portables pieces of the stage setting

15. Anything and everything in lobby - downstage from proscenium

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

17. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

26. 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

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

28. First rule of any work done in theatre space or shop

29. Painted set on the ground which the actors stand on

30. First rules of safety in theater

31. (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

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

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

34. First rules of safety in theater

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

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

37. 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

38. Orchestra pit where the band plays

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

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

41. Concierge - takes care of everyone - handles contracts

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

43. Made up of dimmers - map of plot

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

45. A hose connection for a fire hose

46. Flat view - floor plan of the stage and set (used to scale) - view of area if room came off

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

48. 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

49. Anything and everything in lobby - downstage from proscenium

50. To use a fire extinguish (acronym)