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Define: Guardrail

a guard that consists of a top rail and a middle rail approximately halfway between the top rail and the work surface and is attached to the edge of the work surface or the toeboards

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Define: Toeboard

used on floor openings, platforms, and elevated platforms to prevent tools and other objects from rolling off or falling through

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Define: Rake

acting area that is not horizontal (not an unbalanced stage)

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Define: Raked Stage

a stage whose deck is raked at an angle

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Define: Raked Area

an area of the stage that is raked

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Define: Ramp

The means of getting from one acting area to another.

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Define: Rigging

refers to anything used to attach, support, or fly scenery, drapery, or lighting and sound equipment.

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Define: Fog

by heating or cooling certain materials, you can produce water droplets in the air, creating fog.

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Define: Haze

A mist that will stay in the air, lightly obscuring vision

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Define: Dry Ice

used with boiling water to create mist, but can potentially accumulate dangerously high levels of carbon dioxide

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Always assume that outlets are live and...?

do not work on circuits

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What electrical equipment is the only kind students can work on?

Lights

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When a breaker blows...

Tell a teacher, do not work on it

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How do you inspect a piece of equipment before use?

Check for frayed wires, loose parts, and general damage and wear

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Proper footwear must be worn because...

the floors may become slippery while the fog machines are in use.

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Operating a smoke machine requires ventilation, why?

If the smoke has nowhere to go, the area becomes a deathtrap.

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What don't you add to the smoke?

Dyes or fragrances

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What are three dangers of smoke?

Obscuring vision, lung irritation, slippery floors

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What are two dangers of dry ice?

Frostbite, mixed with nitrogen can make excess CO2

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What are three smoke machine related restrictions?

Only use glycol-based products
Handle dry ice w proper protection
Organic stuff can't be used in smoke.

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Define: Strike

Cleanup of any and all material used during a production.

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First thing to do when striking a stage?

Remove objects blocking pathways

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What PPE must be used when working on a strike?

Footwear, Eye protection, gloves, proper headphones and structural helmets

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What clamps should be used on lights?

C clamps

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What should be used when handling hot lights?

Gloves

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Plug in soundboard or speakers first?

Soundboard

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What should you do with the soundboard knobs before turning it on?

Turn them down or off

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Where should the knobs on the soundboard be when actually in use?

Universal

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What are two rules of low lighting safety?

Warn people before turning the lights off
Rehearse in low lighting so actors know their way around

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How is a proscenium stage designed?

So actors are always facing the audience

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Are proscenium stages good for scenery? Why?

Good for scenery because it can be to the side and behind performers so it doesn't block the view

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Are proscenium stages good for special effects?

Good for special effects like pyrotechnics

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What is the one drawback of a proscenium stage?

Distance, the audience is directly in front of the stage or too far away

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What two features do a thrust stage have that make it a cross between a proscenium and an arena?

A proscenium arch far upstage and the main acting area juts into the audience

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How many sides does an actor have audience on in thrust stage?

3 sides

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How close is the audience compared to an arena or proscenium stage?

Closer than proscenium, farther than arena

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What is important to keep in mind about scenery on a thrust stage?

It must be kept far upstage

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What can be used further downstage on a thrust stage?

Set props like furniture

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Where would an audience member be sitting to find it difficult to see actors faces in a thrust stage?

The far side bays

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Where are special effects possible on a thrust stage?

Far upstage

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What can be used on a thrust stage but only upstage?

Special effects and scenery

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What is the disadvantage of a thrust stage?

It's hard to see actors faces when they're far downstage

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What is the advantage of a black box theater?

It's very flexible

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What is the main advantage of an arena stage?

Getting the max number of audience members close to the actors

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What're three things you can't do with an arena stage?

Have a lot of large set pieces, special effects, or still actors

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What's something the audience will be able to appreciate on an arena stage?

Detailed props

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Why must actors stay moving on an arena stage?

People behind the actor can only see the actors back

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What is a good thing for actors to do on an arena stage?

Play the diagonal so actors are in their most open position

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What is Visibitlity?

What you can see

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What is Mood?

Feeling that the scene evokes

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What is Focus?

What your eyes are drawn to

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What is Modeling?

Placement of lights to create dimension

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What are the four functions of light?

Visiblity, mood, focus, modeling

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What is a transition?

light on stage is placed where the director wants you to look