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Theater Vocab

TermDefinition
Actor/Actress A male or female person who performs a role in a play, work of theater, or movie
Blocking The planning and working out of the movements of actors on stage.
Center Stage The center of middle of the stage
Character/Characterzation The development and portrayal of a personality through thought, action, dialogue, costuming, and makeup
Climax The point of greatest dramatic tension in theater work
Comedy A theatrical work that is intentionally humorous
Cue A signal, verbal or physical, that indicates it to the actor.
Dialogue The conversation between actors on stage.
Director The person who oversees the entire process
Downstage The stage area toward the audience
Dress rehearsal The final few rehearsals prior to opening night in which the show is run with full makeup and costumes
Gesture An expressive movement of the body.
Improvisation No script on the spot
Monologue A long speech by a signal character
Musical Theater A type of theater containing music songs dance
Pantomime Acting without words though movement
Play The stage representation of a story; a dramatic composition
Playwright A person who writes a play
Props Items carried on stage by an actor or items used on set
Proscenium Frame of the stage
Rehearsal Practice sessions in which actors and technicians prepare for public performances
Run-through A rehearsal moving from start to finish without stopping.
Script The written text of a play.
Stage The area where actors perform
Stage Crew The backstage technical crew responsible for running the show-move set pieces
Stage Manager The directors assistant in charge of the backstage
Stage Left The left side of the stage from the pov of the actor
Stage Right The right side of the stage from the pov of the actor
Theater To imitate or represent life in performance for other people.
Tragedy A theatrical work that focuses on great suffering
Upstage The stage area way from the audiece
Created by: lillywolfe