Theatre Terms: Week #6

Dramatics - Mr. Dawursk

 

Stealing the Scene:

Taking audience attention away from the proper focal point.

Strike:

Take down set and props after the show's performance.

Tag Line:

Final line of play.

Take Stage:

To capture audience attention legitimately, as opposed to "give" and "share."

Teaser:

Overhead curtain that masks the first border of lights and that regulates the height of the proscenium opening.

Theme:

Basic idea of the play that gives unity to all elements.

The Method:

refers to the stanislavski approach to acting.

Throw Away:

Under emphasize a line or action.

Timing:

To give lines and movement at the exact, effective moment.

Topping:

To exceed the tempo and pitch of the previous speech

Tormentors:

Side curtains or flats that adjust the proscenium width at the extreme down right and left.

Trap:

Opening in stage floor that permits actors to enter from beneath the floor or to the exit beneath it.

Tryouts:

Auditions for parts in a play.

Understudy:

Actor who is able to play a given role in an emergency

Upstage:

Area farthest away from audience, toward the backstage wall.

Wagon:

Rolling platform on which horizon scenery or lights are placed for quick changes.

Walk On:

A part where the actor walks on and off stage without having any lines to say.

Warn:

To notify that a cue is approaching.

Wings:

Off stage to right or left of the acting area.

Work Lights:

White lights used solely for rehearsal. In some theatres the strip lights are used in place of work lights.

X- ray border:

Compartmental lamps that hang on the first border to help blend acting area spots; usually wired for three colors.