ABC’s of Theatre Audition – a short performance to show off talents; formal tryout Actor – the person play a role in a performance Audience – the people watching a performance Applause – people in the audience clap their hands when the like something. Broadway – The famous street in NYC where shows are performed Break a Leg! – another way to say good luck to an actor. Box Office – the place where tickets are sold. Choreographer – person that teaches movement / dance. Comedy – something GOOD happens to the main characters Costumes – clothing worn by actors Costume Designer – person that create/choose the clothing Drama – something BAD happens to the main character Dressing Room – location used to change clothes; put on make-up; do hair. Dresser – a person that helps actors make costume changes Encore – French word that means “AGAIN”. When the audience likes something, they call “Encore!”…. Ensemble – A group of performers and techs working together Follow Spot - A lighting instrument that creates a pool of light that can “follow” a performer Fourth Wall - the invisible(imaginary) wall that separates the audience from the stage. Gel – a colored transparent film that covers a light to create color Grip – stage hand. House – the part of the theater where the audience sits. House Manager – the person responsible for the house, ushers, & audience. House Seating – the main seating area of the theatre. (Orchestra) House Lights – The lights in the part of the theatre where the audience sits. Intermission – the “break” between acts of a performance Improvisation - a scene created from the actors imaginations. Jitters – nervousness performers feel (butterflies; stage fright). Kick line – a musical number where dancers line up and simultaneously kick their legs to music. (Shoulder to shoulder; arms around one another) Lights – illuminate the actors and scenery on stage. Lighting Designer – the person show designs the lighting for a show. Makeup – product worn to enhance / create a character’s look. Marquee – a permanent sign over the entrance of the theatre. Displays name of show being performed. (Star? Your name will be here too.) Matinee – an afternoon performance Musical – a play with music; lyrics carryout the storyline Notices – reviews of a performance from theater critics Orchestra - musicians Overture – the introductory music played before a musical show. Play – a musical, drama or comedy production performed onstage. Playwright – the person that writes a comedy or a drama Playbill – the program given out to the audience. Quick Change - a fast costume change that happens close to the stage Rehearsal – practicing a show Roadshow - a show that travels from place to place. Stage – the acting area in a theater. Stage fright – afraid to be in front of an audience. Scenery and Set – the physical setting of the play Ticket – a pass that allows you into a theater to see a show. Tony Award – recognizes excellence in all areas of theater. Named for Antoinette Perry – founder of the American Theatre Wing Understudy – an actor in the cast who learns all the lines and blocking of a major role. This actor can replace the regular performer easily Voice – one of an actor’s most important tools. Vocal cords, tongue, teeth, and lips! Wigs - hairpieces Wrangler – a person assigned to watch over performers while they are in the theatre. (young performers and performers with special needs) X = Cross – to move from one position onstage to another Young Performers – performers under the age of 16 Zing! – sparkle, finesse, excitement, flair, enthusiasm, oomph!