Alumni - students who were in the cast and/or crew of past TAG productions

Artistic Director - responsible for the artistic direction of the production

Assistant to the Director - student invited to support the Director

Backstage Manager - supervises everything in the back of the stage and in the wings, following direction from the stage manager

Cast - the people who perform in a show

Cast Coordinator - responsible for the overall organization of the cast

Choreographer - creates dances and arranges movements for a musical

Chorus -1) the company of dancers and singers in a musical 2) the dancing, singing or songs performed by a musical company

Company - the cast and crew of a show and any other staff who work on the show

Company Photographer - photographs the cast and crew 

Company Party - the celebration for all cast and crew members at the end of a production

Costume Chair- responsible for making costumes for a production

Costume Master/Mistress - coordinates the costumes during performances

Crew - all the people who work together on a show except the cast

Dance Captain - students invited to be leaders within the casting groups

Director - responsible for interpreting and bringing the text of a play to life on stage

Dream Team - leadership team responsible for the musical production

Front of House - all of the people in a theater who interact with the audience including the people who sell tickets, the ushers, etc

Graduate Alumni - students who have been cast and/or crew in past TAG productions and have graduated from elementary school

Hair/Make-up Chair - responsible for the hair and make-up for the production

Historian - responsible for documenting the production through photography

House Manager - responsible for all front of house activities

Junior Choreographer - student(s) invited to create dance movements to music

LHPTA - Loyal Heights Parent/Teacher Association and, most importantly, TAG's sponsor

LHETAG - Loyal Heights Elementary Theatre Arts Group

Lighting Designer/Engineer - designs the lighting for a show and coordinates with the director to achieve the desired effects

Music Director - responsible for the musical elements in the production

Producer - responsible for the overall coordination of the production

Production Crew - people who make props &/or sets for a production

Props Chair - responsible for making & maintaining the props for a production

Prop Mistress/Master - coordinates the props during a production

RAT - rehearsal assistant team (unique to TAG productions)

Sets Chair - responsible for the making & maintaining the sets for a production

Sound Designer/Engineer - designs & implements the sound direction for the show

Stage Crew - people who work in the wings during performances

Stage Manager - runs the show from opening curtain to closing curtain and supervises everything on and in the back of the stage

Student Mentor - student(s) invited to teach younger student(s) theatre skills

TAG - Theatre Arts Group @ Loyal Heights Elementary

TAG Chairs - lead TAG's efforts and act as a conduit between TAG and the LHPTA

TAG Team - team of adults who make TAG productions a reality

Technical Director - supervises the construction of a set and any rigging that needs to be done

Treasurer - responsible for maintaining and reporting the finances of the production

Vocal Coaches - provide support to the music director and actors in a production

Volunteers- amazing folks who make this production possible

Volunteer Coordinator - responsible for securing all volunteer needs for the production

Wrangler - responsible for cast members during rehearsals & performances


Aisle - a walkway which goes through two areas of seats

Backstage - the part of a theater which is not seen by the audience, including the dressing rooms, wings, the green room & black box

Black Box - a place for the performers to relax while waiting to go on stage (traditionally draped in black, hence the name)

Box Office/Ticket Desk - the place that sells tickets to a performance

Broadway - the largest and most famous theatrical district in New York City

Callboard - the place backstage where the cast & stage crew signs in and out at each rehearsal & performance

Cast posting - the list of actors' assigned roles

Control Booth - the place in a theater from which all the sound and lights are controlled

Downstage - the part of the stage which is closest to the audience

Dressing Rooms - rooms in a theater provided for the actors in which they change costumes & apply make-up

Front of House - the lobby and the box office at the theatre

Green Room - a place for performers to relax while waiting to go on stage

House - the auditorium where the audience sits

Offstage - the area of the stage which the audience cannot see

Performance casting - the list company members assigned cast (noting in which performances they will participate)

Proscenium - the arch that frames the front of a stage

Riser - a platform placed on the stage to create different horizontal levels

Set - the setting of the stage for each act and all the large physical items that are used to change the stage for the performance

Stage Left - (these left/right directions are seen from the ACTORS point of view on the stage)

Stage Right - (these left/right directions are seen from the ACTORS point of view on the stage)

Theater - a building or structure used for presentations where performances take place

Theatre - the world of acting in general, the art itself 

Upstage - the area of the stage that is the farthest away from the audience 

Wings - the areas of the stage that are to the sides of the acting area and are out of view, usually masked by curtains


Act - (noun) the main sections of a musical or play 

Ad Lib - to make up as you go without preparation

Aside - a quick remark made by a character in a play which is said to the audience

Audition - actors present their acting, singing, &/or dancing abilities to a group of people who are casting a production

Batten - a metal pipe suspended above the stage from which backdrops may be hung

Belt - in Musical Theater, a style of singing which uses a loud, full tone

Black Out - the quick shutting off of all the stage lights

Blocking - the instructions that actors use to know exactly where they are supposed to be on stage at all times

Book - the script of a play or libretto of a musical

Break A Leg - something people tell actors to wish them "Good Luck" before a performance or audition (hint: saying "good luck" is considered bad luck!)

Butterflies - a queasy feeling from nervousness or excitement

Call - the time that an actor must report for either a performance or rehearsal

Callback - when an actor who has auditioned for a show is asked to come back for a second tryout

Casting - when the director chooses actors to be characters in a play or musical

Cold Reading - when an actor is asked to read from a script (s)he hasn't rehearsed

Cue - signals that are given to both the actors, the crew, the musicians and any others working on a show

Curtain - the screen usually of cloth which separates the stage from the audience

Curtain call - the bows at the end of a performance

Dialogue - the words which are spoken between characters in a play

Dress Rehearsal - a rehearsal, usually just before a show opens, to practice the show just how it will be on opening night, including costumes 

Drop - a piece of fabric which is hung on stage and usually used as scenery for a show

Ensemble Role - parts or characters that perform as a group

Exit - a stage direction where an actor leaves the stage

Full Run- a rehearsal in which the actors perform the show from the beginning to end

House Lights - the lights that are used to light up the auditorium where the audience sits

Libretto - the term that describes the book or script of a musical or opera

Line - the words which are spoken in a play

Load-in - Bringing all sets, props, and equipment to the theater

Load-out - Removing all sets, props, and equipment from the theater

Marking Out - when the stage is marked with tape to show where furniture and props should be placed during the performance

Matinee - an afternoon performance of a show

Monologue - a speech given by one actor

Off Book - when the director tells the cast (usually by a certain date) that the actors must memorize their lines and can no longer use their scripts in rehearsal

On-stage Rehearsal - a rehearsal at the theatre to adjust to the actual stage, does not include costumes 

Overture - the beginning music in musical theater which usually gives the audience an idea of the music to come and gets them into the feeling of the show

Preset - when either a prop, costume or something else used in a production is placed in or around the stage before the start of a performance 

Prompt - as actors move from using the script to no script, the prompter follows the play in a book and gives a portion of a line to an actor, if needed, to help them remember their lines

Props - all the items used in a play to tell the story not including the scenery or costumes, the short forms of "Properties"

Rehearsal - the period of practice before the beginning of a show in which the actors, director, musical director and choreographer(s) work on the development of the show

Reprise - in musical theater, when either a whole song or part of a song is repeated

Role  - a part or character in a play

Run - the number of times a show is performed

Running-Time - the amount of time it takes to perform the play from beginning to end not including any intermissions

Set-up - Getting settled into the theater for our production

Shift Rehearsal - a rehearsal for the stage & technical crews (no actors) to work with the scenery on stage

Show Week - the week of performances

Solo - a song performed by one actor

Sound Effects - the noises which are produced to accompany a scene in a show

Spacing Rehearsal - a rehearsal that allows the actors an opportunity to experience the stage and theatre

Speaking Role - parts or characters that perform individually

Stage Directions - information for the actors giving them specific entrances, exits, and movement while on stage

Strike - to take the set apart when a show ends

Technical or "Tech" Rehearsal - usually the first time a play is rehearsed in the place where it is going to be seen by the audience and in which the scenery, sound and lighting are used

Timing - when an actor has the ability to say or do something at the best moment for the most effect