||A clamp with asleeved bolt used to attach a lighting instrument to a pipe
||Originally, a night club type establishment where poets, artists and
musicians performed their work. Cabarets had a political impact in France, Germany and Russia in the 1920's and 30's.
In the modern sense, a cabaret is simply entertainment presented to any audience in night-clubs, hotel-restaurants or
at official dinners.
||Bulletin board near stage door entrance for posting audition notices, casting
calls, rehearsal schedules and the like.
||Literally, carnem vale, or "farewell to meat", carnival is
the pre-lenten festival of the Christian world. Carnival was one of the more significant Christian holidays that, through
its pageants and presentations, kept the art of theatre alive during the Middle Ages.
||A narrow walkway suspended between "fly floors", the raised areas from which scenery
and drops were flown (and still is at the Lyric) before the adoption of the counterweight system.
||In Imperial Rome, the "ring" in which chariot races, feats of arms and
animal exhibitions were held. In its modern sense, dating from the 18th century, it is the successor to the itinerant
troupes of actors, acrobats and performers that roamed Europe in the Middle Ages.
||An organized band of applauders.
||In the traditonal dramatic sense, the most powerful moment in a play, following
which the denouement occurs.
||In the U.S., we refer to this as a "drop". Usually a painted piece of
canvas or muslin flown in to represent scenery. It may also be of plain cloth or scrim material.
||The square metal frame that is designed to hold a colored gel, and which is
dropped into a holder attached to the front of a lighting instrument.
||From the Greek, "revel-song", it originally referred to satiric plays of
Aristophanes and Menander, as distinguished from the more pastoral "satyr plays" that may have pre-dated
Dionysian tragedies. Often deriving their satirical or humorous nature from topical subjects, comedy is not as "ageless" as
tragedies. In the more modern sense, the term applies to any play with a happy ending.
||Literally "comedy of the profession", Commedia dell'Arte originated in
Northern Italy and was more popular in that country and France than in England. The emphasis is on stock characters with
which the audience is familiar. Distinguished from amateur touring troupes.
||In its modern sense, refers to organizations of amateurs in a particular region or
community who produce and perform plays. Community theatre as we know it traces its beginnings to the turn of the century and
has seen tremendous growth in the last fifty years.
||See, Komos. In addition to being an alternate spelling of Komos,
this was the name first given to the Lryic Theatre -- the home of Tupelo Community Theatre -- when it was built in 1912.
||The dramatic tension created by opposing forces in a play.
||Ownership of and the right to control all aspects of reproducing a work. We have
a number of links to sites with information on all aspects of copyright.
||Primarily a British term -- "corpsing" refers to an actor mugging or
otherwise drawing attention to themselves when, in fact, they are supposed to be "dead".
||Clothing and accessories worn by an actor in to signify period and portray character.
While we often emphasize scenery and effects in today's theatre, costume can often be more important to an actor's
creation of a role. In early theatre, scenery was eschewed in favor of costume.
||Originally sandbags, but now more often metal weights used to counterbalance
scenery or a drop hung or "flown" from the grid. Has largely replaced hand working, or manually raising and
lowering such pieces.
||Contemporary analysis or review of a play or dramatic work. Criticism was largely unknown
until the 16th Century, with most analysis being confined to academic works. In the last three hundred years criticism has
played an increasingly important role in shaping the direction of theatre.
||The words or actions at which an actor is expected to deliver a line or a crew member
is expected to perform some task.
||A list of cues from which a stage manager, lighting operator or sound technician
||Sometimes referred to as the " grand drape" or "main drape",
the curtain is a screen, usually made of cloth, used to separate the stage from the auditorium.
||The final appearance of the cast, at the end of the play, to receive the applause
of the audience.
||A one-act play performed before the main play in the 19th Century.
||A set consisting simply of drapery or curtains at the back and sides of the
stage. An example of a curtain set can be found in Arthur Millers The Crucible.
||A curved wall at the back of the stage upon which light can be thrown to create
effects -- many times to simulate the sky. Also called a "cyc".