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Transcript of Stage Directions
Stage Right: R
Stage Left: L
On-stage-the acting area within the set, visible to the audience
Offstage-the parts of the stage not enclosed by the setting
Backstage-the area behind the setting
Wings-the offstage area to the right and left of the setting area
House-the auditorium where the audience sits.
Body Positions on stage
Shared Body positions
Cross-Movement from one area to another. In writing it is generally abbreviated by X.
Blocking-The term applied to the process of working out the actor's movement and positions during rehearsal.
Cover-When an actor is between another actor and the audience. Usually avoided.
Open body positions are when the actor faces toward the audience, or nearly so.
Closed body positions are when the actor is turned away from the audience.
Open Vs Closed
Ad Lib-Lines supplied by actor
Aside- Dialogue other actors are not to hear.
Flat-Canvas covered frame used for setting
Run-through-An uninterrupted rehearsal
Stage Business-Small Actions
More Theater Terms
Dress Stage-Adjust positions to improve the stage composition
Flies-The space above the stage to suspend scenery
Cue-The las words of speech or end of an action
Green Room-A meeting place for actors and directors
Strike- To dismantle or change setting
Even More Theater Terms
Give, take-Two actors, one receives greater emphasis
Proscenium-Arched opening through which the audience sees the stage
Arena theatre-Theatre space in which the audience surrounds the stage area.
Platform stage- Extends into the audience on three sides and is connected to the backstage area by its upstage end.