Loyal Heights Elementary Theatre Arts Group (TAG) brings professional theatre training and high production quality for our students and community to enjoy.

Browse through our website to find information on important cast news, rehearsal, performance, & enrichment course schedules, volunteer opportunities, ticket sales, and more.


We extend heartfelt thanks to the LHPTA for supporting theatre arts at our school. For more information about our PTA, visit http://loyalheightspta.org.



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

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!)

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

Solo - a song performed by one actor

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

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