Theatre Exam 1 Questions

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Preview
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a performance in front of an audience prior to the “official” opening of a play, when the director and the performers discover which parts of the play are successful and which are not, is known as the
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project
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in order to throw the voice into the audience so that it penetrates to the utmost reaches of the theatre, the actor must
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proscenium stage
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the _____ or a “fourth wall theatre”
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director
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which person develops a concept for the production?
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stage manager
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which person coordinates light, sound, and scene changes during the performance, as well as the entrances and exits of the performers?
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performers facing the audience
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stage right and stage left mean the right and left side, respectively, from the perspective of the
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rendering
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a fairly complete sketch made by the scene designer, usually done in color is called a
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Konstantin Stanislavski
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in response to the new realistic drama of the late nineteenth century, _____ devised a system to teach performers how to achieve the necessary believability
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artistic unity of a group performance
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ensemble acting emphasizes
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dress rehearsal
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When a play is performed as it will be before the public, complete with all production elements but without an audience present
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balance
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line, mass, color; texture, balance. which one of these is not considered one of the five elements of scene design
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arena stage
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which of the following provides the most intimate performance space: proscenium, thrust, arena, created, or multifocus stage?
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director
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which person blocks or stages the play
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flat
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canvas stretched on wood with the side facing the audience painted to look like a solid wall
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blocking
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the arrangement and movements of performers relative to each other and to the stage space
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technical director
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the person responsible for seeing that the scenery, platforms, and other elements are built, painted, and installed onstage is called a
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stage manager
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which person maintains quality control of all production elements after opening?
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thrust stage
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a typical Elizabethan playhouse was which type of performance space?
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proscenium
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which type of theatre configuration was used for the UTC production of Eurydice?
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accessories
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walking sticks and parasols are examples of
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proscenium stage
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which type of performance space utilizes the greatest amount of scenery and stage machinery?
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director
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the sound designer’s primary collaborator on any theatrical production is the
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draw disparate elements together to create a unified whole
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a main task of the modern-day director is to
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arena stage
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elaborate scenery on/in an ____ is impossible because it would block the view of other audience members
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producer
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in a noncommercial theatre, the managing director is akin to the _____ in a commercial theatre
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the safe operation of all scenic shifts, all light cue levels and timing, the placement and length of all sound cues
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the technical rehearsal is the time to establish
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proscenium stage
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it is difficult to balance and establish the right type of aesthetic distance in/on the _____ which places some audience members mere feet from the stage action and others quite a distance away
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created, or found, space
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which of the following uses unusual structures with their original architectural elements intact, carving out special areas for acting and viewing?
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created space
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a space often used by avant-garde artists
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aesthetic distance
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the physical or psychological separation of an audience from the dramatic action
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black box
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a flexible theatre that can be converted into different arrangements
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fly loft
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area above the stage of a proscenium theatre built to hold scenery that has been raised out of the sight of the audience
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proscenium arch
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frame that separates the stage from the auditorium and forms and outline for the stage
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corral
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a thrust theatre built in the courtyard of a sixteenth-century spanish inn
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rake
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the slant of an auditorium or stage floor
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orchestra
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the main floor where the audience sits in a contemporary proscenium theatre, and in ancient Greece the circular acting area at the base of a hillside theatre
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multimedia theatre
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use of electronic media in live theatrical presentations
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false
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the realistic portrayal of characters in a lifelike fashion has been characteristic of theatre throughout history
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false
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a movie theatre is configured most like a thrust theatre
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true
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as long as there have been theatrical productions, there has been someone performing the role of the director
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true
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although masks can help express a character effectively they are not likely to appear at all in a play that is completely realistic in style
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false
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the producer is generally responsible for casting
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false
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when costumes are taken from inventory or rented from a costume house, this is known as rendering a costume
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true
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sound effects in the theatre can be produced effectively with either advance technology or with age-old manual theatrical mechanics, depending on the style of the production
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true
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acting styles have changed throughout history
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false
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because costumes must stand out from the scenery in order to be seen, costumes are rarely designed to be consistent with the scenic design for a production
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false
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the pace of a production is dictated by its performers
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false
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performers must not mix acting methods; they should find a method that works for them and then strictly adhere to that method’s approach
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true
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while there have been changes and modifications over the years to Stanislavski’s approach to realistic acting, his theories continue to form the basis for most acting training
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true
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the artistic director is responsible for all the creative activities of a noncommercial theatre
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false
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the director is responsible for the creation of the plot
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true
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realistic prosthetic makeup is used both for fantastical creatures like flying monkeys and in creating believable historical characters
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true
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the lighting designer can only use the following four controllable properties of light- intensity, color, distribution, and movement/change – in setting the lights for any cue in the theatre
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false
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because it is important that the audience not be distracted while a character is speaking, Stanislavski believed that the other actors should, in essence, stop acting when they were not the main focus of the scene
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true
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in addition to the costumes themselves, makeup and wigs are also part of the responsibilities of the costume designer
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false
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costume designers rarely meet the actors who will be wearing their costumes, leaving those responsibilities to the stage manager
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false
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use of the proscenium stage for elaborate scenery and scene shifts first started in the United States in the mid-twentienth century
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false
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all movement in a play is orchestrated by the choreographer
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true
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a warm golden red light from below an actor’s face could establish a suggested light source of a campfire or candles on a table in a completely realistic production
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true
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one disadvantage of the proscenium stage is that it tends to lose the intimacy that is found in other types of theatre spaces
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mind, body, voice
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what are the three tools of an actor
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Actors Equity Association
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to what union do “professional” stage/theatrical actors belong?
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articulation, rhythm, tone, pitch, dialect
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What are five controllable properties of the human voice?
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casting actors for a show, blocking actors, selecting the script, conferring with the producer, stage manager, and technical director, and bring together all lighting, sound, costume and set design
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what are five significant responsibilities of a theatrical director?
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set the mood for the production by choosing lighting color, silhouette, and intensity
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primary objective for lighting design
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supporting the character
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primary objective for costume design
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creating space
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primary objective for scenic design

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