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community theater

community theater

/kəmjˈuːnɪɾi θˈiəɾɚ/
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the activity of acting in or producing a play in a theater as a hobby and not a profession

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ad lib

ad lib

/ˈæd lˈɪb/
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a line that is recited in a speech or performance without prior preparation

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comedy of manners

comedy of manners

/kˈɑːmədi ʌv mˈænɚz/
noun
a comic play, movie, book, etc. that portrays the behaviors of a particular social class, satirizing them

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montage

montage

/mɑnˈtɑʒ/
noun
a technique or process of selecting, editing and pasting separate footage in order to create a motion picture

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premiere

premiere

/pɹɛˈmɪɹ/
noun
the first public screening or performance of a movie or play

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melodrama

melodrama

/ˈmɛɫəˌdɹɑmə/
noun
a play, story, etc. that involves exciting events and is filled with exaggerated emotions

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matinee

matinee

/ˈmætɪˌneɪ/
noun
a musical or dramatic performance that takes place in daytime, especially in the afternoon

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curtain call

curtain call

/kˈɜːtən kˈɔːl/
noun
the time after a play or show has just ended when the performers come to the stage to receive the applause of the audience

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to dramatize

to dramatize

/ˈdɹæməˌtaɪz/, /ˈdɹɑməˌtaɪz/
verb
to make a movie or write a play based on a book or event

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surtitle

surtitle

/sˈɜːɾaɪɾəl/
noun
translated words projected above or next to the stage on a screen in an opera or play

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soliloquy

soliloquy

/səˈɫɪɫəkwi/
noun
a speech that a character in a dramatic play gives in the form of a monologue as a series of inner reflections spoken out loud

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stage direction

stage direction

/stˈeɪdʒ dɚɹˈɛkʃən/
noun
a text in the script of a play, giving an instruction regarding the movement, position, etc. of actors

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revival

revival

/ɹiˈvaɪvəɫ/, /ɹɪˈvaɪvəɫ/
noun
a new performance of something old that has not been performed for a long time, such as a play
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Then, a revival of science in Europe restrained the imaginations of geographers.

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to prompt

to prompt

/ˈpɹɑmpt/
verb
assist (somebody acting or reciting) by suggesting the next words of something forgotten or imperfectly learned

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to enact

to enact

/ɪˈnækt/
verb
to act a role in a motion picture or perform a play on stage

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interpretation

interpretation

/ˌɪnˌtɝpɹɪˈteɪʃən/
noun
a representation that an actor or a performer gives of an artistic or musical piece that shows their understanding and feeling toward it

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to overact

to overact

/ˈoʊvɝˌækt/
verb
to act a role in an exaggerated way that is not natural

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to miscast

to miscast

/mɪˈskæst/
verb
to assign the roles of a play, motion picture, etc. to unsuitable actors

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read-through

read-through

/ɹˈiːdθɹˈuː/
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a preparatory session during which actors read the words of a play before beginning to practice it on the stage

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to put on

to put on

/pˌʊt ˈɑːn/
verb
to produce or present a play, a show, etc.

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rehearsal

rehearsal

/ɹiˈhɝsəɫ/, /ɹɪˈhɝsəɫ/
noun
a session of practice in which performers prepare themselves for a public performance of a concert, play, etc.
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Carol left the rehearsal room with Alan, one of the first violinists. '

Carol is never late for rehearsals, and she knows that these concerts are important for us.

At nine o'clock the next morning the conductor was ready to begin the rehearsal.

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to portray

to portray

/pɔɹˈtɹeɪ/
verb
to play the role of a character in a movie, play, etc.

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adaptation

adaptation

/ˌædəpˈteɪʃən/
noun
a movie, TV program, etc. that is based on a book or play

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art director

art director

/ˈɑːɹt dɚɹˈɛktɚ/
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someone who is in charge of the artistic features, such as props and costumes of a movie or play

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dramatist

dramatist

/ˈdɹɑmətɪst/
noun
someone who writes plays for the TV, radio, or theater

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balcony

balcony

/ˈbæɫkəni/
noun
an upper floor in a theater or cinema where there are seats for the audience
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Anna is playing her guitar on the balcony of her new apartment.

Let’s have our coffee on the balcony.

Perhaps she’s on her balcony.

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offstage

offstage

/ˈɔfˈsteɪdʒ/
adjective
situated or taking place in the area of a stage not visible to the audience

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set piece

set piece

/sˈɛt pˈiːs/
noun
a set of scenes in a motion picture, novel, etc. that could be regarded independently and are very elaborate or complex

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blockbuster

blockbuster

/ˈbɫɑkˌbəstɝ/
noun
a thing that achieves great commercial success, particularly a movie, book, or other product

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cinematography

cinematography

/ˌsɪnɪməˈtɑɡɹəfi/
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the art and methods of film-making, especially the photographic aspect and camerawork

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costume drama

costume drama

/kˈɔstuːm dɹˈɑːmə/
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a motion picture or theatrical production with a historical setting in which the actors wear the costume appropriate to that time period

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credit

credit

/ˈkɹɛdət/, /ˈkɹɛdɪt/
noun
(used plural) a list of names at the beginning or at the end of a TV program or movie acknowledging the contributors in making that program

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to fictionalize

to fictionalize

/ˈfɪkʃənəˌɫaɪz/
verb
make into fiction

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film noir

film noir

/fˈɪlm nwˈɑːɹ/
noun
a type of movie involving crime including shadowy footage and dark background music that depicted cynical characters caught in dangerous situations

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fourth wall

fourth wall

/fˈoːɹθ wˈɔːl/
noun
an imaginary barrier that separates the mise en scene and the fictional characters from the audience, especially in a theatrical performance

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intermission

intermission

/ˌɪntɝˈmɪʃən/
noun
a short pause between parts of a play, movie, etc.

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interlude

interlude

/ˈɪntɝˌɫud/
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a short performance that is presented between two longer pieces

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epilogue

epilogue

/ˈɛpəˌɫɔɡ/
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a concluding speech at the end of a play that is addressed directly to the audience, often in verse

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understudy

understudy

/ˈəndɝˌstədi/
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an actor who practices the lines of another actor in order to replace them if necessary

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telefilm

telefilm

/tˈɛlɪfˌɪlm/
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a movie that is intended to be broadcast on TV, rather than being projected on the screen

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