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Theatre Terms #2

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Actors Equity Association (AEA) The professional union for actors and stage managers. The union negotiates contracts regulating pay scales and working conditions with Broadway producers and professional regional theaters
Broadway The famous theatre district of midtown Manhattan in which 32 theaters are located.
Commercial theatre A business oriented approach to theatrical production in which the objective is to make a profit for the backers. Commercial productions and nonprofit theatre productions are neither inherently better nor worse than each other.
OffBroadway Professional Manhattan theatres not located on Broadway's famous "Great White Way".
OffoffBroadway Really small, often subsidized theatres in unusual New York City venues that tend to focus on experimental plays.
Repertory a company of actors performing different roles in a number of concurrently rotating productions
Ad lib Short for the Latin ad libitum meaning “freely.” In the theatre this is used to improvise lines—though the audience generally shouldn’t know it’s happening unless an actor is responding spontaneously to a comment picked up from the audience.
Blocking These are the stage movements and positions that the director works out with the actors in rehearsal for dramatic effect—and so they won’t bump into each. The stage manager makes a careful note of blocking directions for later reference
Call This is a notification to cast and crew of a rehearsal or performance. It’s also used to describe the countdown to a performance provided by stage management.
Costume What an actor wears to evoke the appearance of a particular character. They may be realistic or stylized. They may be “period”—appropriate to the historical setting of the play—or deliberately modern in look, even when the play is set in a past era
Curtain call What happens at the end of the play—even if there isn’t an actual curtain to signal the end—when the actors acknowledge the audience’s applause
Hamming This describes flagrant overacting— something you'll never see at The Laguna Playhouse!
Lines What actors learn and speak on stage.
Load In This is what happens when the set and props are moved into the theatre.
Prompt This is what actors get if they forget their lines.
Stage makeup This is a makeup used to shape and define actors’ facial feature as seen on stage.It can be simple—just a little lipstick and eye shadow—or elaborate, involving such things as false chins and noses.
Strike In theatre this term is generally used to describe the process of disassembling the set when a production closes.
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