Theatre Terms: Week #4

Dramatics - Mr. Dawursk

 

Kill:

Eliminate; for example, "kill the noise" means to be quiet

Left:

Stage area to actor's left as he faces the audience.

Leko:

Spotlight with an ellipsoidal reflector; hung from the auditorium ceiling to light downstage acting areas.

Levels:

Platforms of various heights.

Mask:

To cover something from audience view.

Mood:

Emotional state

Motivate:

To have a specific reason for saying or doing something; to show characters desires through voice and movement.

Notices:

Reviews by critics; dramatic criticism.

Olivette:

Floodlight in an open box.

Open Up:

To plat toward the audience.

Out Front:

Audience area

Pantomime:

Bodily movement and expression without dialogue.

Pick Up Cues:

To quickly begin a speech without allowing a pause between the first words of the speech and the cue.

Pin Rail:

Bar to which rigging ropes are tied.

Pit Or Orchestra:

Area between stage and first row of seats.

Places:

Warning of actors to assume their position on stage for the beginning of the scene.

Piano-Convex Spot:

Spotlight having a piano-convex lens.

Plant:

To call attention to an idea or item that will be important later in the play.

Plot:

[1.] Sequence of events in a play; [2.] Production plan of backstage items such as a light plot or a costume plot.

Pointing:

Emphasizing or stressing actions or words.

Practical:

Usable, such as a door that the actor can open.

Project:

Increase voice or action so they will carry to the audience

Prompt Book:

Contains script, blocking notations, warnings, crew charts and other information necessary for producing the play.

Properties:

Set furnishings include furniture, pictures, ornaments, drapes, etc…

Proscenium:

Permanent framed opening through which the audience sees the play.

Protagonist:

Main character with whom audience empathy lies.