TH 1001
Intro to Theatre
Mid-term Study Questions

Theater the Lively Art, Eighth Edition
Chapters 1- 9 (pp 5-205)

1. What did the following guest speakers talk about when they visited our class?

Andy Bennett
Bailey Boots
Topaz Cooks
Patricia Dennis
Alex Goebel
Kelly Grussendorf
Katie Martin
Curt Phillips
Alice Pierce
Stephanie Stine

2. Describe what it means to be a good critic. (p. 40)

3. What is the role of a technical director? (p. 269)

4. What on-campus group produced The Last Days of Judas Iscariot ?

5. Who was Konstantin Stanislovsky, and how did he influence contemporary acting? (p. 99-100)

6. What are the objectives of the scenic designer (p. 158)

7. What is casting? (p. 123)

8. How is the design of the main stage of the Marshall Performing Arts Center unique?

9. According to the textbook, what is the most compelling reason to attend plays? (p. 7)

10. Why is theatre a unique art form? (p. 53)

11. What contemporary playwrights are also screen writers? (p. 53)

12. Who was the costume designer for Die Fledermaus ?

13. How is single camera acting different from multiple camera acting?

14. What did Michael Caine mean when he described theatre acting as surgery with a scalpel and film acting as surgery with a laser?

15. How did scenic designer Curt Phillipsvisualize his scenic design for Die Fledermaus?

16. Why is a live audience such a key ingredient to a successful theatre experience? (p. 12 )

17. How does a playwright use crises and climaxes in a play? (p. 57-59)

18. Define "aesthetic distance". (p. 35)

19. What playwright was Konstantin Stanislovsky responding to as he developed his work? (p. 99-100)

20. What is the difference between a plotline and a storyline? (p. 54)

21. What is the technique actors used called "centering"? (p. 110)

22. How can lighting be used to inform the audience of a play's timeline? (p. 191)

23. What's the difference between environmental sounds and motivated sounds? (p. 201)

24. What is the spine of a play? (p. 121)

25. What are the lightweight walls used in scenic design called? (p. 166)

26. How can make-up and hairstyle be important to a theatre production? (p. 181-183)

27. What is blocking? (p. 125)

28. What is a scenic rendering? (p. 169)

29. What is a stage wagon? (p. 166)

30. How do directors find actors for a play? (p. 123)

31. What is a scrim? (p. 167)

32. What do costume designers mean when they refer to a built costume? (p. 173)

33. What are costume accessories? (p. 185)

34. What does it mean to dress a set? (p. 170)

35. What is the most important characteristic of a black box theatre? (p. 150)

36. According to the textbook, what is the main advantage of a writer becoming a playwright rather than a screenwriter? (p. 53)

37. Why is the silhouette of a costume important? (p. 179)

38. What does it mean to pull a costume? (p. 173)

39. How can color be important in a costume? (p. 179)

40. What is a turntable? (p. 166)

41. What is the primary advantage of proscenium stages as compared to thrust or arena stage configurations? (p. 139)

42. What does it mean to run a show? (p. 149)

43. What is the primary advantage of an arena stage configuration as compared to a thrust or proscenium arrangement? (p. 147)

44. What is stage business? (p. 125)

45. What is the difference between a dress rehearsal and a preview performance? (p. 126)

46. What is special about the hydraulic lifts in the Marshall Performing Arts Center?

47. What happens in the theatre "front of house"? (p. 133)

48. Define "stage right" and "stage left". (p. 164)

49. How does the lighting designer help create visual composition? (p. 193)

50. What is the difference between a stock character and a quintessential character? (p. 68-69)

51. What is the difference between a climatic play structure and an episodic play structure? (p. 65)

52. What is the role of the producer for a play? (p. 130)

53. Define the following playwriting terms:

Exposition (p. 60)

Complication (p. 58)

Conflict (p. 55)

54. Explain aesthetic distance. (p. 153)

55. What is voice projection? (p. 108)

56. Which theatre spatial arrangement has been the most widely used throughout history? (p. 141)

57. What is the role of a theatre dramturg? (p. 130)

58. What is sound reinforcement? (p. 201)

59. What is a body mike? (p. 201-202)

60. When did theatre first start being performed indoors? (p. 138)

61. What are the elements of stage lighting? (p. 193-195)

62. What is the difference between a reviewer and a critic? (p. 39-40)

63. What are the differences between traditional tragedy and modern tragedy? (p. 77-80)

64. What are the differences between the following types of comedy?

Farce (p. 83-84)

Burlesque (p. 85)

Satire (p. 85)

Comedy of Manners (p. 85-86)

65. What are stage pictures? (p. 126)