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Production Terminology: Vocabulary associated with the process of preparing dance for presentation

Production Personnel
Artistic Director: Sets program order, makes decisions for all details of concert
Stage Manager: Runs show
Assistant Stage Manager: Assists Stage Manager
Choreographer: Person(s) who constructs dance
Technical Director: Runs technical crews
Lighting Technician: Programs and runs light board
Sound Technician: Runs sound board
Flyman: Operates line sets
Running crew: Move scenery and perform other backstage tasks.

Production Process
Cue-to-cue: Rehearsal where all light and sound cues are set and dances are not rehearsed. This can be
done with all necessary production personnel on paper without dancers.
Cue setting: Rehearsal where all light and sound cues are finalized. May be done in place of cue-to-cue
or after paper cue-to-cue. Best if cues are in the boards before the rehearsal starts.
Technical rehearsal: Rehearsals on stage involving lights and sound
Dress Parade: Time in rehearsal process to evaluate all costumes prior to dress rehearsal
Dress rehearsal: Last rehearsals before performance done in full costume, make-up, and hair
Strike: To remove equipment or to take down a show and return stage to original

Stage Area
Apron: Downstage of proscenium
Crossover: Area that permits performers to move from one side of stage to the other out of sight of the
Cyclorama (cyc): Backdrop used to enhance lighting projections.
Downstage (DS): Half of stage closest to audience
House: Place where audience sits
Leg: Side border of stage
Line sets: Weighted system that flies battens in and out
Off stage: Area not in view of audience
Orchestra pit: Sunken area below apron where members of orchestra sit
Main curtain (Drape): Drape that closes and opens at proscenium
Proscenium: Archway that separates stage and house
Scrim: Transparent mesh curtain usually hung downstage
Stage: Area in view of audience for performance
Stage left (SL): Area onstage to left of center as dancer faces audience. Arizona Dance Standards
Stage right (SR): Area onstage to right of center as dancer faces audience.
Spike mark: Mark pertinent areas of stage for props or dancer placement
Traveler: Curtain that opens and closes mid or upstage
Upstage (US): Area of stage farthest from the audience
Wing: Space between legs, entrances and exits

Batten: The pipes that hang above the stage that are used to hang lights, curtains and scenery
Black out: Quick lights out
Booms: Pipes hung in house on side walls for lighting
Cat walk: Area for lighting stage over house
Electrics: Battens for lighting overhead
Fade out (all): Slow dimming of light
Follow spot: Special lighting instrument that can be moved to follow performer movement on stage
Gel: Thin colored plastic sheet used as color medium for lighting instrument
Special: A pool of light that defines a specific area onstage.
Strip lights: Light bar that projects various colors of lights onto cyc or other area of stage
Trees: Stand alone pipes that hold lighting onstage