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THEA 103 CHAPTER 2 THEATER Questions Thea 103

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Introduction to American Theatre
Thomas Cascella
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THEA 103 THEATRE FAQ’S: FAQ 1: What’s the difference between the words THEATRE and THEATER? Theatre refers to the theatrical art and theater refers to the physical building. FAQ 2: What is a greenroom? Room close to the stage (i.e. the green) for the actors to meet and relax before or after going on  stage FAQ 3: Actors never say this word in the theatre, because it might bring everyone bad  luck. What is the word? Macbeth FAQ 4: On opening night of a play many people will tell the actors, designers, and other  creative arts a three word phrase. What is that phrase? Break a leg  FAQ 5: What does it mean when the performers take a ‘curtain call’? A curtain call is a series of bows and applause usually held at the end of a live performance. This allows the audience to give recognition to the performers for their work FAQ 6: What is a ghost light in the theater? A ghost light is an electric light that is left energized on the stage of a theater when the theater is  unoccupied and would otherwise be completely dark. It typically consists of an exposed  incandescent bulb, CFL lamp, or LED lamp mounted in a wire cage on a portable light standard. FAQ 7: Where is the ‘great white way’ and why is it called the ‘great white way’? The Great White Way is a nickname for a section of Broadway in the Midtown section of New  York City, specifically the portion that encompasses the Theatre District, between 42nd and 53rd Streets. Nearly a mile of Broadway was illuminated in 1880 by Brush arc lamps, making it  among the first electrically lighted streets in the United States. FAQ 8: What is a Tony Award and where did it get its name? The American Theatre Wing's Tony Awards® got their start in 1947 when the Wing established  an awards program to celebrate excellence in the theatre. Named for Antoinette Perry, an actress, director, producer, and the dynamic wartime leader of  the American Theatre Wing who had recently passed away, FAQ 9: Who was Charlotte Cushman?  Charlotte Cushman was born on July 23, 1816.  She was an eight generation descendant of the  Pilgrim Robert Cushman who came to America on the Mayflower.  Cushman was a gifted  student but she left school to pursue a career in the opera as a way to help support her mother and younger sisters after their father abandoned the family. Strained by the soprano parts assigned to her, her voice suddenly failed. Desperate for a way to  make a living, Charlotte became an actress. She was given the part of Lady Macbeth to study by  a friend who was a theater manager. Cushman made her first appearance on stage as an actress in 1835 and she was instantly a hit. Her younger sister Susan became an actress in 1839.  She was  married by the age of 14 and ended up pregnant and abandoned by her husband.  Charlotte took  her in and cared for her sister like she was her mother. Oddly, the two sisters became famous for  playing Romeo and Juliet together;  the masculine looking Charlotte playing Romeo and Susan  playing Juliet. FAQ 10: What does a theatrical dresser do during a production? A dresser is in charge of the costumes worn by actors during stage performances or tapings. As  part of the wardrobe department, she makes sure all wardrobes are in good condition and readily  available for quick changes during production. Her job requires her to assist actors in changing  costumes during a performance by helping them in and out of clothing, jewelry, shoes and  accessorie s.


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