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Theater Vocabulary 1

Madeline Weiss Theater Arts

TermDefinition
Actor/Actress A male or female person who performs a role in a play, work of theater, or movie.
Blocking The planning and working out of the movements of actors on stage.
Center stage The center or middle of the area defined as the stage.
Character/ Characterization The development and portrayal of a personality through thought, action, dialogue costuming, and makeup.
Comedy A theatrical work that is intentionally humorous.
Cue A signal, verbal or physical, that indicates a line of dialogue or an entrance is about to happen by an actor.
dialogue The conversation between actors on stage.
Director The person who oversees the entire production of staging a theatrical production.
Downstage The stage area towrad the audience.
Dress Rehearsals The final few rehearsals prior to opening night in which the show is. It is run with full technical elements including costumes and make up .
Gestures An expressive movement of the body.
Improvisation A spontaneous style of theater through which scenes are created without advance rehearsals or script.
Monologue A long single speech by a single character.
Pantomime Acting without words through facial expressions, gestures and movements.
Play The stage representative of a story, a dramatic composition
Props Items carried on stage by an actor or items used on the set.
Rehearsal Practice in sessions in which actors and technicians prepare for public performances.
Script The written text of a play
Stage crew The backstage technical crew responsible for running the show- move set pieces, change scenery and pull curtains.
Stage Manager The directors assistant who runs backstage and is responsible for running each performance.
Stage left The left side of the stage from the perspective of an actor facing the audience.
Stage right The right side of the stage from the perspective of an actor facing the audience.
Theater To imitate or represent life in performance for other people
Tragedy A theatrical work that focuses on great suffering, destruction, or distress.
Upstage The Stage area away from the audience.
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