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2011-11-15 20:21:18
Acting Terms Theater Part Three

A set of acting terms used in Theater 1
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  1. Bit
    An acting role with very few lines
  2. Blocking Yourself
    Getting behind furniture or other actors so that you cannot be seen by the audience
  3. Building a Scene
    Using dramatic devices such as increased temppo, volume, or emphasis to bring a scene to climax.
  4. Business
    Any specific action other than movement on the stage such as picking up a book or turning on a tv.
  5. C
    The symbol used to identify the center of the stage
  6. Countercross
    A shifting of position by two or more actors to balance the stage picture
  7. Cover
    To obstruct the view of the audience
  8. Cue
    • The last words, action, or technical effecet that immediately precedes any line or business
    • A stage signal
  9. Curtain
    • The curtain or drapery that shuts off the stage from the audience.
    • When written in all capital letters in a script, it indicates that the curtain is to be closed.
  10. Cut
    To stop action or to omit
  11. Cut In
    To break into the speech of another character
  12. Down or Downstage
    The part of the stage toward the audience
  13. Dressing the Stage
    Keeping the stage picture balanced during the action
  14. Exit or Exunt
    To leave the stage
  15. Feeding
    Giving lines and action in such a way that another actor can make a point or get a laugh
  16. Foil
    An acting role which is used for personality comparison, usually with the protagonist or main character.
  17. Hand Props
    Properties such as letters or luggage, carried onstage by an individual player.
  18. Hit
    To emphasize a word or line with extra force.
  19. Holding for Laughs
    Waiting for the audience to quiet down after a funny line or scene.
  20. Left and Right
    Terms used to refer to the stage from the actor's point of view, not that of the audience.