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Visual and Performing Arts

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thrust staging The physical configuration of audience and performers in which at least some part of the stage extends into, and is surrounded by, the audience. In thrust staging, the audience surrounds the acting area to no more than 270 degrees;
arena staging beyond that, the configuration is called arena staging; very similar to thrust staging
tempo The speed with which incidents that make up the action take place.
storyboard a visual display of the plot of a play or film in which each scene or shot is represented by a single picture or short description. The pictures or notecards are then arranged on a wall or bulletin board in such a way as to depict the flow of the plot.
stock company In the eighteenth nineteenth, and early twentieth centureis, a form of resident company in which actors were hired according to lines of work and large numbers of plays were prepared, usually with very short rehersal periods and for relatively short runs.
stereotyped character One based on the assumption that all members of a given group possess certain simple behavioral traits. Hence, a few swift strokes of character development (a dialect, a distinctive walk, a costume, and so on) suffice to communicate the steroptype
stage right In a proscenium arch configuration, the side of the stage to the right of an actor facing the audience sometimes called audience left.
stage left In a proscenium arch configuration, the side to the stage to the left of the of an actor facing the audience, sometimes called audience right.
satyr play A form of Greek ddrama that conexisted with tragedy in the dclassical period. Littel is known of the play except that it seems to have been abulesque of the same ideas presentedin tragedies, ridiculing the gods and heroic legends using the bawdliest lang
rising action In traditional dramatic structure, the portion of the plot that begins with the incident and continues until the climax. The incidents that make up rising action continues until the climax.
revolving stage A portion of the stage constructed so that it rotates around a pivot. Such a stage can be used in a number of ways the most frequent being to change settings.
restoration comedy Chracteristic comedy of the period known as the English Restoration (1660-1700). Restoraton comedy is known for its glistening language, salacious plots and frequently debauched charaters.
protagonist The first person to enter a contest. This the major figure in trditional theatre, and the person around whom the action of the turns. The antagonist is the person or force that resists the protangonist, thus forming the conflict of th;;;;;
proscenium staging The form of physical configurtion between actor and and audience encouraged by some would say demanded by the proscenium uarh. It consists of a fairely narrow are
proscenium arch The major architctural feature of Western theatre since the Renaissance.
plot The series of incidents that make up the action of a play. These incidents are selected from a series of events which when described chronologically, make up a story.