Are you up with all the ‘theatrical lingo’?
Take our quiz to see how well you know your ghost light from your spot light and your chickens from your chookas.
Leave a comment to let us know how you go!
Q 1. What is a Dry Tech?
A technical rehearsal without performers
A technical rehearsal with out sound
A rehearsal with out any alcohol
A type of costume that draws sweat away from the skin
Q 2. How long before the start of a show is the Five Minute Call?
Q 3. What would be referred to as cans?
Part of the ensemble girls’ anatomy
Something your soup comes in
Q 4. If an actor is said to have 'corpsed' they have...
Burst into laughter
Forgotten their lines
Frozen with stage fright
Previously played a dead character
Q 5. In a theatre, what is know as the Rag?
The stage curtain
The newspaper with reviews of the show
The towel a performer keeps on the side of the stage
The red carpet at opening night
Q 6. Where is Prompt Side in a theatre?
The stage management office
Where the professional line prompter sits
Q 7. An actor is said to be 'Off Book' if they...
Improvising instead of following the script
Are drunk. "Wow James was totally off book at the pub last night".
Know their lines with out looking at a script
Are being paid cash in hand
Q 8. What is a Sitzprobe?
A rehearsal with the orchestra and performers specifically focussed on the music
An early rehearsal used to probe into the situations explored in the show
A debrief conducted after the final performance of a show
Part of the audition process
Q 9. What is a Triple Threat?
A performer who can Act, Sing and Dance
A theatrical device used to confuse the audience, particularly in a thriller
A day with three performances
A rare disease that only affects singers
Q 10. Which play is know at 'The Scottish Play'?
Q 11. It is bad luck to whistle in a theatre. Why?
Everybody finds whistling annoying!
Traditionally whistling was used as a signal to start a scene change
Sopranos can become annoyed if they are not the highest sound in the building
The sound frequency travels a long way and can be heard clearly on stage
Q 12. What is the traditional way of wishing an actor good luck in Australia?
Into the mouth of the wolf
Try not to stuff it up... this time!
Break a leg
Q 13. What is a Ghost Light?
A bright spotlight that makes an actor look ghostly white
The light that hangs above stage door
A light that is left on stage turned on when the theatre is dark
A light that produces a large shadow behind an actor
Congratulations! You know your way around a theatre and would be more than comfortable propping up the bar at a Thirsty Thursdays.
You're a Leading Player!
You've definitely stood at stage door to meet one of your favourite performers at least once and have belted out Nessun Dorma / recited Shakespeare to unsuspecting relatives / practiced your bevel at SOME point in your life.
I did a little theatre, once...
You did a musical once at uni, because you had a crush on that person you say next to in Stats and they were doing it.
They turned out to be way too theatrical!
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