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  • 1. STAGE AREAS The Basics for Theater
  • 2. What’s a Stage?
    • There are THREE different types of stages. 1. PROSCENIUM 2. THRUST 3. ARENA
  • 3. PROSCENIUM
    • A proscenium stage has the audience on ONE SIDE.
    • Most of the acting takes place behind the PROSCENIUM ARCH.
    • The shallow stage area in front of the arch is called the APRON. (Some acting takes place here too!)
  • 4. STAGE AREAS
    • In a proscenium and thrust stage, the following areas are used:
    • "C” = center of the stage.
    • "D” = downstage , meaning closer to the audience.
    • "U” = " upstage ,” meaning closer to the back wall.
    • "R" and "L” = "stage right" and "stage left".
  • 5. The first stages in ancient theater were “RAKED,” meaning they were on an angle to the audience. This should help you remember! Upstage Downstage THE AUDIENCE!
  • 6. PROSCENIUM STAGE Proscenium arch APRON audience
  • 7. THRUST
    • A thrust stage has the audience on
    • THREE SIDES.
    • Prosceniums and thrusts use the same stage areas.
  • 8. THRUST STAGE <------- audience ---------- > <------- audience ---------- > <------- audience ---------- >
  • 9. ARENA
    • An ARENA stage has the audience on ALL SIDES.
    • Arena stages are usually circular.
    • Arena stage areas are that of a clock or a compass.
  • 10. ARENA STAGE Audience sits all around! C
  • 11. Stage Directions
    • Cross – movement by an actor across the stage
    • CROSS = X
    • Stage business – any small action that the actor performs without major movement 
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  • 12. Stage Directions
    • Cheating out – playing toward the audience   
    • Counter-cross – moving in the opposite direction of an actor making a cross
    • COUNTER CROSS = counter X
  • 13. Stage Directions
    • Upstaging – drawing the audience’s attention to yourself when it should be focused on another character
    • Exit – leaving the stage