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Printed words, including dialogue and the
stage directions for a script.
A person or a situation that opposes
another character’s goals or desires.
The clear and precise pronunciation of words.
BlockingThe planning and working out of the
movements of actors on stage.
The center of the area defined as the stage.
A personality or role an actor/actress re-creates.
The development and portrayal of a personality through thought, action, dialogue, costuming, and makeup.
The point of greatest dramatic tension or transition in a theatrical work.
A reading of a script done by actors who have not previously reviewed the play.
Two or more people working together in a joint intellectual effort.
Opposition of persons or forces giving rise to dramatic action.
Interrelated conditions in which a play exists or occurs.
Clothing worn by an actor on stage during a performance.
Opinions and comments based on predetermined criteria that may be used for self- evaluation or the evaluation of the actors or the production itself.
A signal, either verbal or physical, that indicates something else, such as a line of dialogue or an entrance, is to happen.
The conversation between actors on stage.
The art and technique of bringing the elements of theatre together to make a play.
The person who oversees the entire process of staging a production.
The stage area toward the audience.
Detailed information revealing the facts of a plot.
An expressive movement of the body or limbs.
A spontaneous style of theatre through which scenes are created without advance rehearsal or a script.
A long speech by a single character.
A character’s reason for doing or saying things in a play.
A character’s goal or intention
The tempo of an entire theatrical performance.
Acting without words through facial expression,
gesture, and movement.
The highness or lowness of voice
The stage representation of an action or a story;
a dramatic composition.
A person who writes plays.
The placement and delivery of volume, clarity, and distinctness of voice for communicating to an audience.
Items carried on stage by an actor; small items
on the set used by the actors.
The view of the stage for the audience; also called a proscenium arch. The archway is in a sense the frame for stage as defined by the boundaries of the stage beyond which a viewer cannot see.
The main character of a play and the character with whom the audience identifies most strongly.
Practice sessions in which the actors and technicians prepare for public performance through repetition.
The part of a plot consisting of complications and discoveries that create conflict.
A rehearsal moving from start to finish without stopping for corrections or notes.
The written text of a play.
The area where actors perform.
The left side of the stage from the perspective of an actor facing the audience.
The right side of the stage from the perspective of an actor facing the audience.
Information that is implied by a character but not stated by a character in dialogue, including actions and thoughts.
A silent and motionless depiction of a scene created by actors, often from a picture.
Printed words, including dialogue and the stage directions for a script.
The characteristics of a voice, such as shrill, nasal,
raspy, breathy, booming, and so forth.
The degree of loudness or intensity of a voice.