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Theatrical Stages and Their Parts
Transcript of Theatrical Stages and Their Parts
Trap – An opening in the stage floor.
Wagon – A movable platform with scenic elements located on it; used to change location quickly in a play.
Revolve – a large circular platform which turns around a center point; divided into sections with different locations shown in each section; used to change location in a play. Counterweight System -
The rigging system used in our theater to fly in scenery and drapes. Stage Directions
We will be looking at the parts of a proscenium stage because that will be the main theater you will be working in during this class. Arena and thrust stages will be referenced but not explored in depth in this course. Disclaimer The Various Parts Found on a Proscenium Stage Parts of a Stage
The audience surrounds the stage on three of four sides.
The audience is not as close to the acting area as they would be in an arena stage theater, but there is still a sense of intimacy due to the openness of the playing area.
Actors can enter the space from the house (where the audience sits) or openings in the back wall. Thrust Stage – The “411” #2. Thrust Stage Also known as a theatre-in-the-round.
The audience surrounds the stage ON ALL SIDES
Scenery is used minimally so not to block any audience members’ view.
The audience is close to the acting area, creating a very intimate environment. Arena Stage – The “411” #1. Arena Stage
To be perfectly honest, theatre can occur ANYWHERE!
On a bus
In a hallway
Anywhere an audience can observe, theatre can occur.
Disclaimer The different types of stages we will work with as theatre technicians. Theatrical Stages Borders –
Horizontal stage drapes used to mask (or hide) the battens and electrics from the view of the audience Wings Wings –
Located stage right and stage left, the wings are off-stage spaces on the sides of the stage where props and scenery are stored during a show when not on stage. Actors also wait in these areas before going on stage. Stage Stage –
For our purposes, the area behind the proscenium arch. Used by actors.
Also known as a “picture frame stage.”
The audience sits on only “one side” of the stage and views the play from a rectangular opening in the “down stage wall”.
The audience is not close to the acting space at all. Proscenium Stage – The “411” General location of these parts Drop –
a large piece of fabric painted to create a background (landscape, sky, room, etc.)
A large, flat drape that colored light is projected on to create a background.
A Drop made of transparent material.
Up Stage curtain that open in the middle and travels to opposite sides of the stage horizontally, used to mask the back wall. Proscenium arch The Proscenium Arch –
The rectangular opening the audience views the play through in a proscenium theater. Grand Drape –
The large curtain that covers the opening in the proscenium arch.
Grand Valance –
Made of the same material as the grand drape, it is a special border that mask any scenery or lighting close to the proscenium arch. Batten/ electric Batten/ electric Battens -
metal pipes suspended above the stage; used to support and fly in scenery. They are connected to a stage rigging system.
battens that are used to hang lighting instruments Legs –
vertical stage drapes used to mask (or hide) the wings from the view of the audience Apron Apron–
The part of the stage floor found in front of the proscenium arch. Useable by actors. For our purposes, we will look at the 3 main types of stages… The Various Parts Found on a Proscenium Stage Parts of a Stage Legs Legs Borders Grand Drape Grand Valance