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Articulation - The clear and precise pronunciation of words. , Blocking - The planning and working out of the movements of actors on stage, Characterisation - The development and portrayal of a personality through thought, action, dialogue, costuming, and makeup., Climax - The point of greatest dramatic tension or transition in a theatrical work., Cold Reading - A reading of a script done by actors who have not previously reviewed the play., Cue - A signal, either verbal or physical, that indicates something else, such as a line of dialogue or an entrance, is to happen. , Dialogue - The conversation between actors on stage., Diction - The pronunciation of words, the choice of words, and the manner in which a person expresses himself or herself., Directing - The art and technique of bringing the elements of theatre together to make a play. , Director - The person who oversees the entire process of staging a production. , Improvisation - A spontaneous style of theatre through which scenes are created without advance rehearsal or a script., Levels - The height of an actor’s head actor as determined by his or her body position (e.g., sitting, lying, standing, or elevated by an artificial means)., Pacing - The tempo of an entire theatrical performance., Props - Items carried on stage by an actor; small items on the set used by the actors., Subtext - Information that is implied by a character but not stated by a character in dialogue, including actions and thoughts., Tableau - A silent and motionless depiction of a scene created by actors, often from a picture (plural tableaux)., Voice Projection - The placement and delivery of volume, clarity, and distinctness of voice for communicating to an audience., An offer - When improvising, when one actor starts a scene they ‘offer’ an idea. It is up to their partner to accept the idea (this is called yielding), Yeilding - When improvising, yielding means to accept the ideas of others,

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