Theatre Chap 3

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Multifocus environments, where something is going on in more than one playing area simultaneously
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Created and found spaces
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In which of the following is playing space in the center of a square or circle, with seats for spectators all around
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Arena Stage
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Elaborate scenery is impossible, because it would block the view of the spectators
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Arena Stage
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All the seats in the auditorium face in the same direction
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Proscenium stage
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Audience sits on three sides, or in a semicircle, enclosing a stage which protrudes into the center
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Thrust Stage
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Stage area in these theaters are usually deep, allowing for elaborate scenery
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Proscenium stage
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With ________, although the stage space protrudes into the audience there is still a proscenium opening toward the back of that stage area, and there is a shallow stage area behind the proscenium as well that still allows for some scenic detail.
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Thrust stage
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Also known as circle theater or theater-in-the-round
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Arena Stage
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Developed by the Greeks for their plays, it also was the type of stage used during Shakespeare’s time
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Thrust Stage
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__________________ stages that use unusual structures as they are, with their original architectural elements intact, carving out special areas for acting and viewing
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Created and found spaces
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Offers more intimacy than other types of theaters
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Arena Stage
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Also known as a “fourth wall” stage
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Proscenium Stage
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Most Broadway theaters were built in this configuration
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Proscenium Stage
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Typical Elizabethan playhouse
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Thrust Stage
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Used by avant-garde theaters such as the Performance Group
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Created and found spaces
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The standard theater throughout Europe and the United States from the eighteenth century to the early twentieth century
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Proscenium Stage
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“Site specific” theater productions are, by definition, performed in this type of space
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Created and found space
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Virtually all primitive forms of theatre used an arena style performance configuration.
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True
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Although not common, there are times when an audience may find themselves entering into a theatre audience space in a controlled fashion, as has been done by the Performance Group and the Daryl Roth Theatre, and others, in New York City.
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True
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Different kinds of performance spaces are appropriate for certain kinds of plays. A large-scale musical like Wicked would not be appropriate for a small arena theatre; however, it is appropriate to move a smaller-scale show into a large proscenium space so it can earn more money at the box office.
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False
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The standard theatre throughout Europe and the United States from the eighteenth century to the early twentieth century was the formal arena stage.
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False
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Giacomo Torelli invented the counterweight system for this type of theater
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Proscenium Stage
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The inns in Spain were called ________, and this name was given to the theatres that developed there.
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Corrales
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The main floor of a theater
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Orchestra
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Greek stage house
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Skene
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The slant of an auditorium’s stage floor
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Rake
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Horse-shoe shaped tiers where the spectators sit that ring an auditorium
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Boxes
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A flexible theater that can be converted into different arrangements
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Black Box
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Side pieces of the scenery
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Wings
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Place above the stage where scenery was held
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Fly Loft
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Aggressive, politically-oriented theater produced by an activist in the streets
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Guerilla theater
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Series of ropes and pulleys that allow heavy scenery to be moved easily
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Counterweight System

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