Chapter 8: The Director's Impact

 

 

Glossary

 

 

blocking  The patterns of movement of the actors on the stage, developed in rehearsal under the director's supervision. (8-129)

 

choregus  (1) Ancient Greek name for the wealthy citizen who financed the production of a play; (2) the leader of the speaking chorus in Greek drama. (8-122)

 

coaching  The advice, instruction, and encouragement a director gives an actor. (8-131)

 

didaskolos  A specialist in ancient Greek theatre who instructed the chorus in speech and movement (the first part of the word "didaskolos" comes from the same stem as the word "didactic" and suggests our word "teacher"); an antecedent of the modern director. (8-122)

 

dress rehearsal  A rehearsal near the end of the rehearsal period when the actors first wear their costumes; a dress rehearsal normally is scheduled after the technical rehearsals have been completed. (8-132)

 

dynamics  The changes in tempo and volume that a director uses to shape the emotional impact of a play. (8-131)

 

key collaborators  Descriptive term for the team of director and designers. (8-126)

 

preview  A rehearsal for which tickets are sold at a reduced rate and the actors and director learn how audiences will react to the performance so they can make adjustments before opening night. (8-132)

 

production concept  The result of the intellectual and creative process through which the director and the key collaborators determine how the script is to be interpreted and how that interpretation is to be realized on the stage. (8-127)

 

staging  The arrangement and movement of the actors as supervised by the director. (8-129)

 

technical rehearsal  A rehearsal at which the scenery, lighting, and sound are first added to the actors' performances; one or more technical rehearsals are scheduled toward the end of the rehearsal period, just before costumes are added for the dress rehearsal. (8-132)

 

 

 

Sample quiz

 

1 : Who has the artistic responsibility for the entire production?
          c. The director

2 : A choragus was an Ancient Greek
     a. Financier

3 : Who is credited with being the first director in the modern sense of the word?
     d. George, Duke of Saxe-Meiningen

4 : All of the following are aspects of a director's work except

     b. Creating the set design
     
5 : Determining how the script is interpreted and realized on stage is called

     c. Conceptualizing the production
     
6 : Determining a play's genre and theatrical style is part of
     a. Analyzing the script

7 : All of the following are part of a director's rehearsal work except
     d. Casting

8 : The process of arranging the actors' movements is called

     b. Blocking
     
9 : When a company practices light and sound cues, this is called

     c. A technical rehearsal
     
10 : When did George, Duke of Saxe-Meiningen start touring with his theatrical group?
     a. 1874
     

 

Chapter 10: Putting It Together

 

Glossary

 

painter's elevation  A scale drawing painted by the scene designer to provide scene painters with clear guidance in painting the scenery. (10-167)

 

production concept  The result of the intellectual and creative process through which the director and the key collaborators determine how the script is to be interpreted and how that interpretation is to be realized on the stage. (10-161)

 

turkey  A slang term for a theatrical production that fails commercially or artistically. (10-152)

 

 

Sample test

 

1 : What play did Tom and Linda work on for the Colorado Shakespeare Festival?
     d. Troilus and Cressida

2 : For this production, Tom was the
     a. Director

3 : For this production, Linda was the

     b. Costume designer

4 : In Shakespeare's play, who is the king of Troy?
     c. Priam

5 : What theatrical style did Tom decide to use for this production of Troilus and Cressida?
       d. Theatricalism

6 : Tom decided to set the action of Troilus and Cressida during
     a. The American Civil War
     
7 : How many weeks of rehearsals did the actors have?

     b. 6

8 : The character of Thersites was based on _____ for this production.
     c. Matthew Brady
     
9 : Helen of Troy has been described as having a face
     d. That launched a thousand ships

10 : On opening night, lead actor Richard Kinter was diagnosed with
     a. A hernia