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blocking
directors arrangement of actors' movements on stage
stage right/left
actor's right or left
downstage
toward the audience
upstage
away from the audience
below
toward the audience/downstage of
above
away from the audience/upstage of
in
toward the center of the stage
out
away from the center of the stage
onstage
the part of the stage visible to the audience
offstage
any of the stage not visible to the audience
backstage
stage portion of the theatre building
wings
offstage areas to the left and right of acting area
open
turned toward the audience
closed
turned away from the audience
share
two actors are equally open
give
to be less open than the acting partner
take
to be more open than the acting partner
upstage
to force another actor to face away from the audience
cross
to move from one part of the stage to another
countercross
adjust to a cross with an opposite movement
curved cross
crossing up or down in a way that one actor is not upstage of another
cover
obstructing another actor from view or to prevent the audience from detecting a mistake
dress stage
adjusting positions to improve stage composition
business
small actions
hand props
small objects handled onstage
personal props
hand props carried by an actor as part of the character
costume props
costume accessories
stage props
objects that dress the stage
prop table
used for storing props when not in use
ad lib
lines supplied by the actor in crowd scenes or to fill a silence
aside
line intended for the audience that other characters do not hear
build
increase tempo
cue
last words of a speech or end of an action that triggers another actors lines or action
pick up cues
direction for actor to speak immediately
pointing
special emphasis to a word, phrase or action
tag line
last line of a scene or act
telescoping
overlapping speeches
top
building a line higher than the one before
action
actor's part defined by a goal
adjustment
holding fast to role while altering intention or actions
affective memory
stanislavsky-sense memory and emotional recall
apron
part of stage that extends toward audience
asbestos
fireproof curtain
backdrop
drop farthest upstage
backing
drop or flat used outside a door or window
bit part
small part with few lines
call board
backstage bulletin board
character part
unusual role
cheating
playing more open than purely realistic
clear stage
instruction for all nonessentials to leave the stage
company
group that performs together
curtain call
appearance of actors onstage after the performance
curtain line
line that the front curtain touches when closed
double
playing more than one part
drop
any material used as backing
ensemble acting
presentation that emphasizes group
exit
to leave the stage, opening actors use to leave
extra
small, nonspeaking part
flats
canvas covered frames used for walls
flies
space where scenery is suspended
fourth wall
imaginary wall at the front of the stage
front curtain
curtain closing proscenium opening
given circumstance
unchangeable fact that affects the playing of a scene
gridiron
structure used to suspend scenery
ground plan
arrangement of scenery and stage props
indicating
performing without intention
intention
the reason for performing a scene
justification
believing strongly in the reality of the action
magic if
stanislavski-actor's process of placing himself in the circumstances of the scene
motivation
why the character acts
mugging
exaggerated facial expression
obstacle
obstruction that hinders an action
pacing
speed at which the action and lines move
proscenium
wall dividing stage and auditorium
proscenium opening
arched opening through which audience views the stage
run through
uninterrupted rehearsal
working rehearsal
director or actors can stop to work on details
stealing
taking attention that should be elsewhere
straight part
typical role
strike
direction given to change setting between scenes
subtext
actor's thoughts that give meaning to dialogue
trap
opening in stage floor