PERFORMING BASICS UNIT 1 MOVEMENT ON STAGE Blocking – arranging actors in a scene so they know where they are supposed to be on stage. MOVEMENT ON STAGE Cheating Out – keeping an open position that turns you toward the audience. MOVEMENT ON STAGE Upstaging – being in a position on stage where you are in front of the actor you are speaking to, which causes the other actor to be out of sight by the audience. MOVEMENT ON STAGE Gestures – expressive body movements that should be definite and clear. Examples?? MOVEMENT ON STAGE STAGE DIRECTIONS C=center SR=stage right SL=stage left DR=down right DS=down stage, DC=down center DL=down left, SR=stage right SL=stage left UR=up right US=up stage, UC=up center UL=up left VOICE ON STAGE Diaphragm – thin muscle under lungs that contracts when a breath is taken in, used to support sound. VOICE ON STAGE Pitch - the degree of highness or lowness of a tone. VOICE ON STAGE Volume - the strength of sound. VOICE ON STAGE Articulation - adjusting the movements of speech organs involved in pronouncing a particular sound, in order to speak clearly VOICE ON STAGE Projection - sending the voice to fill all areas of the theatre CHARACTER External Traits – characteristics of a character that have to do with outward appearance. Examples: posture, movement, mannerisms, voice, clothing. CHARACTER Internal Traits – qualities of a character determined by what he or she is like inside. Examples: mentality, spirituality, emotions. CHARACTER Objective – the character’s main goal. CHARACTER Beat – where a character changes the subject when saying lines, and the sections of the beginning, middle, and end of a monologue or scene. CHARACTER Fourth Wall – the imaginary wall created (or broken) when watching a performance.