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Parts of the Stage

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Aimee Small

on 1 December 2016

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Transcript of Parts of the Stage

Grand Drape
The curtain that covers the opening of the proscenium arch.
Any drapery that moves or opens horizontally
A large backdrop meant to resemble the sky.
The architectural wall that separates the backstage area from the audience.
A batten specifically used for lighting instruments.
Space on the stage that is not visible to the audience.
The flat extension of the stage floor that projects from the proscenium arch toward the audience.
The space between the stage and the auditorium, usually below stage level, that holds the orchestra.
The seating area from which the audience observes the action of a play.
A wooden dowel or metal pipe attached to the onstage lines from a rope-set or counterweight system. Scenery is attached to the batten.
Narrow, vertical stage drapes used for masking.
A horizontal drape that runs across the top of the stage, hiding lighting instruments.
A flat piece of fabric, generally painted, that forms part of the scenery
Upstage Right
Center Right
Downstage Right
Upstage Center
Downstage Center
Upstage Left
Center Left
Downstage Left

Parts of the Stage

Cross section of Proscenium
Parts of the Stage
Arena Stage
The audience sits on all sides of the stage.Audience sits on all four sides of the stage. Actors enter down the same aisles the audience uses

This stage works well with an intimate feel, a smaller cast, and a limited number of set pieces.

Scene changes for this set are usually limited because it clutters the stage and blocks the audiences' view.

Stage Directions for arena setting
Proscenium Stage
Audience sits on one side of the stage.The proscenium stage is like a picture frame a curtain may be used for scene shifts audience sits on one side.

Actors use stage right (SR) stage left (SL) and upstage areas (UL, UC, UR) for entrances occasionally this stage has a small apron.

This stage works well with both multiple sets and unit sets. Multiple sets are easier to shift or fly on this stage the stage can handle a larger cast.

Flexible Sets/
Black Box
Can take many forms. The audience and performers can remain separate or be intermingled. The configuration of the stage can change during the course of the performance
Thrust Stage
The audience sits on three sides of the stage.Downstage (D) area expands the apron so audience sits on three sides. Stage area includes both expanded apron and upstage (U).

Actors may enter from the same aisles the audience uses as well as UL, UR, and UC.

This stage offers both an intimate style and flexible stage. Multiple stage sets are possible and cast size may be large or small.

Stage Directions for a Proscenium Stage
Types of Stages
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