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How must we take the stage?


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Exploring Theater, Theatre, Dreama, Stages, Acting, High School

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  • Which of the two floor plans do you think would be easier for actors to use? Why? What do you think about the Clock floor plan?
  • It should be interesting to note that this type of stage is the one most similar to the type in the Globe Theatre. The main difference would be the presence of the roof/columns and the permanent balconies.
  • This picture is from the New Globe Theatre in London, England. Notice that the theatre itself is octagonal/round and there are three levels of galleries where people sit to see the performance. The stage itself thrusts into the area known as the pit where the audience stood to watch the play. The stage has a roof supported by columns and there are balconies and rooms used to show interior scenes. The bottom room under the main balcony was called the inner below. The room on the second level was called the inner above. These balconies were used for actors to look upon the action happening below. Can you imagine Romeo and Juliet staged here?
  • Can you describe the performance space in this picture? How is the audience seated? Where do you imagine the performance is being held? What do you think are the advantages/or disadvantages of this setup?
  • What information do we get from the body positions and levels of the actors in these examples? The height of the actors as determined by his/her body positions which helps to create meaning in stage pictures. For example, sitting, lying , standing or e elevated such as on a platform.
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    • 1. How must we “take the stage”? Ms. Aixa B. Rodriguez ESL Teacher High School for World Cultures Bronx, NY Art in Literature Class
    • 2. Terms used in this presentation: copy these down with room for definitions/explanations
      • Acting areas (9) (15)
      • Apron
      • Arena stage
      • Blocking
      • Body positions
      • Business
      • Clock (floor plan)
      • Curtain line
      • Entrance
      • Flexible staging
      • Floor plans
      • Fourth wall
      • Grand drape
      • house
      • Level
      • Map (floor plan)
      • Performance space
      • Planes
      • Proscenium stage
      • Proscenium arch
      • Proscenium line
      • Shared positions
      • Stage picture
      • Thrust stage
      • Upstage
      • Downstage
      • wings
    • 3. What are the types of stages?
      • Proscenium Stage- this is the stage you are probably most familiar with, as it is often the type you see in schools. It is a raised picture frame stage .
    • 4. The proscenium arch is the frame that surrounds the opening of the stage like a picture.
    • 5. Vocabulary: Acting Areas/Stage positions
      • Acting areas - the 9 to 15 divisions of the stage floor
      • Onstage - anything visible to the audience
      • Offstage - anything not visible to the audience
      • Backstage – the areas behind the stages not seen by the audience.
      • Center stage - the area directly in the middle of the stage.
      • Downstage - area toward the apron of the stage.
      • Up stage- The part of the stage that is furthest from the audience.
    • 6. What are stage positions?
      • Stage right: The right side of the stage as seen by the actors looking out at the audience.
      • Stage left: The left side of the stage as seen by the actors looking out at the audience
      • Abbreviations for acting areas (9)
      • DR- Down Right
      • DC- Down Center
      • DL- Down Left
      • R- Right
      • C- Center
      • UR- Up Right
      • UC- Up Center
      • UL- Up Left
    • 7. What are the parts of the proscenium stage? apron Curtain Line
    • 8. Parts of a stage continued: Larger performance space with 15 acting areas
    • 9. What about the stage with 15 acting areas? Can you figure out what the abbreviations mean?
      • UR
      • URC
      • ULC
      • UL
      • R
      • RC
      • C
      • LC
      • L
      • DR
      • DRC
      • DC
      • DLC
      • DL
    • 10. How do we refer to other parts of the stage during a production?
    • 11. What is an arena stage? Arena stages or sometimes called In-the-Round- as the name suggests, the audience is seated all around the stage on four sides. Can also be circular.
    • 12. How do we divide the Arena Stage?
    • 13. This is a plan for staging Shakespeare’s Macbeth in an arena stage.
    • 14. What is a Thrust stage?
      • A thrust stage is one in which the performance area sticks out into the “house” and the audience is seated on three sides.
    • 15. Apply what you have learned to describe this real theatre.
    • 16. Apply what you have learned to describe this stage.
    • 17. What is flexible staging?
      • As the name suggests, flexible staging is when stages are created in any location and when they cannot be classified as proscenium, arena, or thrust stages.
    • 18. What is a traverse stage?
      • When the audience faces each other and the action occurs in between this is called a traverse stage.
      • Where have you seen this before?
    • 19. What is a black box theater? A black box theater is simply a large room used to stage plays that is painted completely black. Lights are suspended on the ceilings and the performance space and audience space is flexible. This smaller space can be found in colleges and high schools around the country. It is often used as both a rehearsal and a performance space.
    • 20. How do we “share” a stage?
    • 21. What does “give” and “take” mean?
    • 22. What are planes?
      • In drama planes refer to imaginary divisions giving depth to the proscenium stage.
    • 23. What is “business” on the stage?
      • actions performed by actors, such as looking in a purse, brushing one’s teeth, tying a shoe, pouring a drink, knitting. These actions are related to the character and his/her role in the scene.
    • 24. What are levels?
    • 25. What are the basic actor’s body positions in relation to an audience?
    • 26. What are body positions?
      • Full front: a strong position. The boxer is fully "open" to the audience and can be seen and heard by the audience.
      • 1/4 Left and the 1/4 Right positions open and strong positions
    • 27. What positions should be avoided?
      • Profile- not a strong position, the audience members in left or right o only see the back of the performer who is facing away from them.
      • ¾ Left/Right- a weak position that should be avoided. This makes it hard for the audience to hear and see.
      • Full Back: far the weakest position. No one can see the performers' faces and their lines are being said to the back wall -.
    • 28. References
      • Prince, Nancy & Jackson, Jeanie. Exploring Theatre . Columbus: McGraw Hill, 2009.
        • Chapter 9 pg. 149-157
      • Pictures from a google search by theatre terms.