Theatre Terms: Week #3

Dramatics - Mr. Dawursk

 

Flies:

Area above stage where scenery is hung or stored by lines from the grid.

Floodlights:

Lights without lens; used for blending and toning.

Floor Cloth:

Canvas used to cover acting floor.

Floor Or Ground Plan:

Flat skeleton diagram of the acting area shape and it's corresponding furniture placement.

Focus:

[1.] Center attention on; [2.] Center light beam on.

Footlights:

Row of colored lights usually sunk in the stage floor at front edge of apron and wired for three colors.

Fourth Wall:

Imaginary wall between stage and audience.

Fresnel:

Spotlight with a fresnel lens that throws an efficient and soft beam; hung from the teaser batten to light upstage areas.

Gelatin:

Transparent medium used in front of stage lights.

Gesture:

Movement of separate parts of the body such as waving an arm or shrugging a shoulder.

Give:

Throw focus on a certain character in a scene.

Greasepaint:

Theatrical makeup

Greenroom:

Actor's lounge backstage

Gridiron Or Grid:

Framework high over stage from which are supported curtain or scenery riggings.

Grip:

Stage crew member who shifts scenery.

Ground Plan:

See "floor plan".

Ground Row:

Low horizontal scenery that stands alone and is placed upstage to look scenery in the distance.

Hand Props:

Properties carried on stage by the actors during the play

Holding For Laughs:

Waiting for audience laughter to diminish before continuing dialogue.

Hood Spot:

Plano - convex spotlight

Horizon Strip:

Border lights usually mounted on a wagon and placed on the floor downstage of the sky drop for the purpose of lighting it.

House:

Auditorium

Ingenue:

Young female character

Juvenile:

Young male character