Parts of the Theater

  1. The Standard Sections of All Theatres:
    - ________: the area of the theatre where the audience sits (where the blue seats are).
    -________: the area that is designated for the area that is designated for the operation of technical equipment.
           *IE: spotlights, lighting and soundboard, stage manager sits there to call cues.
    • -The House
    • -The Booth
  2. Backstage Areas:
    -______: the areas of the stage the audience cannot see.
    -______: Areas immediately offstage left or right. 
            *Divided by portholes or curtains
    • -Backstage
    • -Wings
  3. Other Sections:
    -_________: the area that separates the audience from the stage in which the orchestra and conductor are positioned during performance.
    -_________: section in the ceiling used to access technical functions of theatre (IE sound, lighting, sets flown in)
    • -Orchestra
    • -Catwalk
  4. Types of Theatres:

    • 1. Arena/Theatre in the Round
    • 2. Proscenium
    • 3. Thrust
    • 4. Black Box
    • 5. Found Space
  5. What is the difference between the Arena and Theatre in the Round?
    • -Refer to Arena if it seats thousands 
    • -Refer to Theatre in the Round if it is a smaller space (more intimate)
  6. Arena/Theatre in the Round:
    -Playing area is surrounded by the audience _________.
           *Arena usually refers to a space that seats thousands.
    -Sitting on all four sides (all around you)
  7. Proscenium:
    -The audience _________ the playing area which is separated by the "proscenium arch". Raised a few feet higher than the audience. The audience is on a "rake".
    -Directly faces the...
  8. Thrust:
    -The playing area protrudes out into the house with the audience sitting ________.
          *Which is how many sides?
    • -On more than one side 
    •        *3 sides
  9. Black Box:
    -An area with black walls, black floor, typically shaped like a box. Designed to allow _______ and ________ in seating.
    -Creativity and Flexibility
  10. Found Space:
    -An ordinary space typically_______ for theatre that you ______ into a show space.
    • -Not used
    • -Create
  11. Stage Directions:
    -______ are what we use to communicate where actors/sets go on stage.
    -______: furthest from the audience
    -______: closest to the audience
    -______: from the actor's perspective 
           *If you're the audience, it's OPPOSITE for you.
    -______: center place of the stage
         *They can be combined.
    • -Stage directions
    • -Upstage
    • -Downstage
    • -Stage Left and Right
    • -Center Stage
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Parts of the Theater
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