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Stage and School- Chapter 4


emotional/subjective actingacting that focuses on the emotions
technical/objective actingacting the focuses on movement and gesture
leading rolesthe main characters in a play
protagonistthe main character who has to deal with the situations in the play
antagonistthe main character or force in a play that opposes the protagonist
supporting rolescharacters with fewer lines who surround the lead roles
straight partswhen an actor plays a character that is close to himself or herself
character partswhen an actor plays a character that is far removed from himself or herself
characterizationthe process of creating a character and bringing it to life on stage
primary sourcesomeone that an actor observes that he models most of a character's traits on
secondary sourcesother people that an actor observes an incorporates certain things from into his character
body languagenon-verbal communication
master gesturea certain identifying gesture of one character
inflectionchanging the voice up or down for different emotional effects
subtextthe message that underlies the lines
substitutionuse of a personal experience to relate to the experience of a character
improvisationacting without a script;useful in rehearsal
paraphasingrestating the lines in an actor's own words;used to understand the subtext better
monologuea long speech by one character
foilanother character compared to the protagonist
character sketchanswering basic questions about your character to get to know the character
leading centerthe part of the body that a character leads with that gives a clue to the internal makeup of the character
countercrossa cross made to balance the stage picture
cheat outturning the body out, so the audience has a better view of the actor
share a scenetwo actors sharing equal focus
giving the sceneone actor turning away from the audience, giving another actor focus
turning the scene inthree actors form a triangle and two of them turn upstage to give focus to the third
taking yourself out of a sceneturning away from the audience
stage businessany action performed by an actor, usually not put forth in the script
stage combatfake fighting, trying to look as real as possible
rising inflectionthe voice rises in pitch
falling inflectionthe voice lowers in pitch
sustained inflectionstaying on the same pitch
circumflex inflectionusing two vowel sounds where there is usually one to alter the meaning of a word
pointing linesplacing the correct emphasis on certain words to acheive a desired affect
arena stageaudience on four sides
thrust stageaudience on three sides

Mrs. Nelson or Mr. Eubanks

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