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Howes Acting Terms

To improvise stage business or conversation Ad Lib
the area behind the set or that part of the stage that is not visible to the audience Backstage
an acting role with very few lines Bit Part
any specific action performed on the stage Business
a movement in a direction opposite to a cross to balance the stage picture Counter Cross
the movement by an actor from one location onstage to another Cross
the last words, action, or technical effect that immediately precedes any line or business Cue
the curtain or drapery that shuts off the stage from the audience Curtain
to break into the speech of another character Cut In
the part of the stage toward the audience Downstage
a technical term, placing furnishings, pictures, and similar items to complete and balance the set Dressing the Stage
to move onto the stage Enter
to leave the stage Exit
items such as tools, weapons, or luggage carried onstage by an individual actor Hand Props
terms used to refer to the stage from an actor's point of view, not from that of the audience Left and Right
off the visible stage Offstage
on the visible stage Onstage
to speak when someone else is speaking Overlap
the movement or sweep of the play as it progresses Pace
small props that are usually carried in an actor's costume, such as money, matches, a pipe, or pen Personal Props
the stage command for actors to take their positions at the opening of an act or scene Places
the main characters in a play or the named characters in a musical Principles
all the stage furnishings, including furniture and those items brought onstage by actors set/the scenery for an act or scene Properties
properties set onstage for the use of actors Set Props
attracting attention from the person to whom the audience's interest legitimately belongs Stealing a Scene
the unstated or "between the lines" meaning that an actor must draw from the script Subtext
giving an actor the freedom to move over the entire stage area Taking the Stage
the area toward the rear of the stage - away from the audience Upstage
a small acting part that has no lines Walk on
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