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Theater glossary

Because theater terms are specific to their own world a separate glossary is required. Some of the words do cross over with other types of shows but some are specific and have different meanings in theater.

Advance bar: Lighting bar hung from the auditorium ceiling as opposed to over the stage to provide lighting from the front

Ambient light: General indirect light from reflections or non-specific light sources

Anchor: Fixing to stage floor, e.g. scenery

Animation disc: Rotated in front of a light to create moving effects such as clouds. May be called an ‘animated gobo’

Apron: Part of the stage projecting into the main auditorium in front of the curtain

Areas: Places that are defined lighting-wise. As an example there may be ...

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