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Blevins Theatre Art

Blevins Theatre Arts - Vocabulary

Box set a set that consists of two or three walls built flats sometimes covered by a ceiling
Cut out a two dimensional stage sets
Curtain set a set that uses cycloramas for the back drops
Thrust Stage a low platform stage that projects into the audience
Permanent set a set that remains the same through out the play
Screens two or three folds flats used as walls or to cover openings a quick means of changing scenes
Ground row a type of low cut-out used to break the line between the floor and the drop
Theatre conventions the stage setting practices that are traditionally accepted in place of realistic depiction
Arena stage a stage completely surrounded by an audience; also called theatre-in-the-round
Teatro olimpico Italian theater built in 1508 that is modeled after roman theaters
Floating-screen set a set made of single flats or narrow drops placed at various depths parallel to the front of the stage
Selective realism the style of design that claims that an impression of actuality is better than actuality itself
Multiple plane set another term for floating-screen set
“Forth wall theater” theater that creates the illusion of a wall through which the audience observes the onstage action
Shutters movable flats built on tracks that are used for quick scene changes
Periaktoi triangles made of flats and mounted to a carriage that can be pivoted; also called prisms
Naturalism the style of design that is photographically accurate
Skeleton set a set that consists of frames and openings
Unit set set that is made of several scenic sections that can be moved and turned to create different settings
Profile set as set constructed of scenes forming the entire perimeter of the setting; also called cut-down sets
Predesigned checklist the considerations a scenic designer must address before set designing begins
Pink this color communicates a fanciful or romantic mood
Warm color red, orange and yellow
Shape an artistic value that often influences the concept of mass and the psychological reaction to objects on stage; outline
Black in light, the absence of all colors
Mass an artistic value in staging that takes bulk and weight into consideration
Sight line the height and angle for the sidewalls and the elevation of a set that is established by viewing the stage from the front corners and other balcony seats
Balance the visual symmetry of a stage achieved through line, mass, and shape
Primary pigment colors red, yellow, and blue
Primary colors of light red, green, and blue
Central axis the focal point of a design; the deepest point on stage just off-center
Saturation the brightness or dullness of a color
Line an artistic principal in staging that altars proportion and affects the audience psychologically
Hue the purity of a color
Tents light or pastel colors, containing light
Proportion the principal in stage setting that takes a human being as the unit of measurement
Unity the principal that all elements of a set must form a hole, centering around the theme of the play
Shades dark or deep colors containing black
Value the lightness or darkness of a color
Purple this color indicates a mournful mystic or regale mood
Intensity another term for saturation
Cool colors blue, green, and violet
Color coating identifying the emotional tone of a scene by its color dominance
Emphasis the accentuation of a particular abject on stage, causing the audience to focus attention on it
Rendering a sketch made by the scenic designer that scenically expresses the meaning of a play
“Heads!” theater term that warns of falling scenery
Edging preparing to run a flat by getting it up on one side
Miter joint a joint formed by cutting the ends of pieces at an angle and fitting them together
Plastics and paper-mache materials most frequently used in creating three dimensional scenery
Jack a triangular wooden brace placed on wheels or hinged to fold out of the way
Scrumble the painting technique in which two or more tones of bass coat are blended together
Walking edging a flat by raising the top rail and moving hand-over-hand toward the person who is pressing against the bottom rail with his or her foot
Floor plate a piece of wood with a nonslip pad on its underside; used if the stage floor may not be drilled
Sizing a glue-water mixture that is applied to the muslin of a flat
Dutchman a four to five inch wide strip of muslin that is used to cover cracks between flats
Gridding the process used to enlarge a sketch to a drop
Set pieces scenery that can be carried or rolled onto the stage
Flat the basic unit of construction for box sets, screens, periaktoi, and cut-down scenery
Butt joint a joint formed by fastening pieces together end to end
Texture coat the layer of paint that hides flaws and covers Dutchman
Toggle rail bar that adds support to a flat
Floating lowering a flat by placing a foot on the bottom rail and pushing the flat over, allowing it to fall to the floor
Running moving a flat by lifting an edge and sliding it to another location
Keeper hook a piece of hardware that can be hung over the top and toggle rail of a flat, strengthening a wall
Foot iron the L shaped piece of strap iron attached to the back of a flat and anchored to the floor
Primary light source the direction and origin of the predominate illumination
Framing square pull that has at least one ninety-degree angle and at least two straight edges
Deluge system a fan-shaped water curtain placed between the stage and the audience; a fire safety system
Floor block a piece of wood tacked to the floor on both sides of a flat or to each union where two flats meet
Methods of texturizing with paint spattering, rag rolling, sponging, stippling, featherdusting, dry brushing, and wet brushing
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