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Monday, September 27, 2010

Where Are We!?!?! *idk, a place?*

Welcome to another addition to my blog!!! *cue party for one music*
Alright! Next on the aggenda for the Life of a Theatre Kid is the Performance Space!!!
What is a performance space?!?!?!
I'm so glad you asked! A performance space is where an actor, or a group of actors will put on a show. There are several types of stages, and I'll start with the very basic one. It's called the Procenium Theatre.

A Procenium theatre is one of the most basic modern day stages. It consists of a stage, an apron and the audience.
The stage is where most of the back-drops and sets will go, along with scenes that are very company oriented. It is the largest part of the stage.
The apron is an extension of the stage, it has a PROJECTED stage infront of the actuall main part of the stage. This is where most of the dialogues between the main characters and solo songs happen; there are always exceptions to that rule, but it's VERY RARE!!!
The next stage I'll talk about is a round-about!

Yes, as you might have guessed, a round-about stage is very similar to a football stadium!!!
SEE!!!! We ARE ALIKE!!!! hahahahaha! Just kidding, I'm cooler...
A round-about theatre is almost IDENTICAL to a stadium! It has graded seating, the players come out from specific exits and enterances around the "field" and they have to keep everybody involved on every side!
Up next is a Black Box Theatre!!!

A Black Box theatre tends to be a more "intimate" theatre. Black Box's are usually on the small side, rarely holding more than 100 people, due to the fact that in the 1960's and '70's (when this type of theatre was created, by the way.) It was used by less fortunate (when are we ever fortunate in the theatre world?!?!?! XD) actors and students to produce low-cost productions.
For that reason, there was the use of minimalist set and no scenery; the scenery was a wall painted black: hence the name "Black Box."
That's all for tonight folks!
Stay tuned for the next installment of:
*cue cheezy TV music from the 1950's*

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