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

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