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parts of a theatre


Arena/Stadium The playing area is in the center of a large open space which usually seats thousands of people.
Proscenium The stage is often raised a few feet higher than the first rows of the audience. The audience is on a rake, getting higher as the seating goes towards the rear of the house.
Thrust The playing area protrudes out into the house with the audience seating on more than one side
Theatre in the round The playing area is surrounded by audience seating on all sides.
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Traverse The elongated playing area is surrounded by audience seating on two sides.
Black box theatre A bare-bones stage of various seating types.
Upstage The area of the stage furthest from the audience.
Downstage The area of the stage closest to the audience.
Stage Left The area of the stage to the performer's left, when facing
Stage Right The area of the stage to the performer's right, when facing downstage (i.e. towards the audience).
Center Stage The center of the playing (performance) area.
Center Line An imaginary reference line on the playing area that indicates the exact center of the stage, travelling from up to downstage.
Onstage The portion of the playing area visible to the audience.
Offstage The area surrounding the playing space not visible to the audience. Typically this refers to spaces accessible to the performers but not the audience, such as the wings, crossovers, and voms.
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