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  Mark Corrington's American Miniature Theater - Blocking & Stage Direction
Blocking is the preplanning of all the physical activity on a stage.
Another part of blocking is to position the actors so that, when they move, they have their backs to the audience as little as possible.
Stage direction is based upon the performer facing the audience with his/her back to the rear wall.
www.ipa.net /~mc64802/amtblock.html   (1796 words)

  Blocking (stage) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Blocking is a theatre term which refers to the precise movement and positioning of actors on a stage in order to facilitate the performance of a play, ballet, or opera.
During the blocking rehearsal usually the assistant director or the stage manager (or both) take notes about where actors are positioned and their movement patterns on stage.
By extension, the term is sometimes used in the context of cinema to speak of the arrangement of actors in the frame.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Blocking_(stage)   (286 words)

 Blocking (stage) Encyclopedia Article @ Llanview.org   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Once all the blocking is completed a play is said to be 'fully blocked' and then the process of 'polishing' or refinement begins.
stage manager (or both) take notes about where actors are positioned and their movement patterns on stage.
It is especially important for the stage manager to note the actors' positions, as a director is not usually present for each performance of a play and it becomes the stage manager's job to ensure that actors follow the assigned blocking from night to night.
www.llanview.org /encyclopedia/Blocking_(stage)   (405 words)

 Blocking Distortion
Blocking occurs when the output tube grids are driven to the point of conduction.
Since the previous stage is a relatively high impedance source, and, to make matters worse, is AC-coupled, it cannot maintain enough drive to the output tube grids to maintain the signal once the output tube goes into grid conduction.
Since the previous stage is AC coupled to the grid, the tops are fixed at the clamp point and the entire waveform then shifts downward as gain is increased, pushing the amp more into class B operation, with a resultant increase in crossover distortion.
www.aikenamps.com /BlockingDistortion.html   (1446 words)

 Stage Managment
The more trivial duties of the stage manager are making sure that the ground plan of the set is taped or chalked on the floor, arranging rehearsal furniture, and setting tables and chairs for the director and other production personnel.
during the performances blocking notes are used to remind the director during rehearsals of his/her previous instructions to actors, most importantly the location of entrances and exits.
Blocking notes were included in this script, however, another column on the can be created for blocking instead of writing it into the script.
www.hstech.org /prodteam/stage.htm   (793 words)

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In proscenium stages, the part of the stage in front of the curtain.
Blocking The process of roughing out the moves to be made by the actors.
Dock Area at the rear or side of the stage where scenery is stored when not in use or where materials are loaded to and from the trucks or vehicles.
www.dramatic.com.au /glossary/glossarya_d.htm   (5103 words)

Blocking is the controlled stage movement that actors repeat each time they do a scene.
If you are supposed to cross the stage and go to the door on the line "What, you miserable frog?", you have a blocked movement.
Blocked scenes should be discussed as a class (informal peer-evaluation).
www.saskschools.ca /~drama30/student/4blocking.html   (521 words)

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She also believes as I do, that the method of blocking students on a stage or performance area furthers the learning process and asks students in an enjoyable and meaningful way to reconsider what they have read by interpreting it, visualizing it, speaking it and finally moving to it.
In blocking or staging levels are very important.
A flat or curtain hung horizontally to the stage to block the audience’s view of the lights and equipment hanging in the stage house, as well as to prevent onstage lights from shining into the first few rows of the audience.
www.yale.edu /ynhti/curriculum/units/1983/5/83.05.07.x.html   (6573 words)

"Blocking" is a theater term referring to the choreography of movement in a stage play, where the action of a play is "blocked out" on the stage floor.
The blocks are not equal, because stereo is an illusion.
On stage, physical movement is often imposed on verbal actions to give audiences something to watch and keep them visually involved.
www.natf.org /wad/blocking.htm   (2817 words)

 Three stage minimum configuration conditionally non-blocking matrix - Patent 4394541
Usually this is done in the middle stage of a three stage matrix and preferably may be done with extra outputs and inputs connectable by extra switching means to the other inputs and outputs of the same substage matrix.
The output 17 of one M stage outstage matrix conveniently may be connected to the input of the next adjacent matrix until the output of the last is connected back to the input of the first.
A one-stage matrix is completely unblocked interconnect whose nodes are equal to the product of the input and output requirements, and whose ports are equal to the sum of the input and output requirements, and whose interconnectability is universal and covers all possible types of connecting requirements.
www.freepatentsonline.com /4394541.html   (7749 words)

 Stage Directions for Directors and Actors
Those stage directions are vital stimuli to create an imaginary "theatre in your head" to "see" and "hear" the play on stage.
Stage directions show the contemporary playwright's awareness of the play on today's stage and the effects of scenery, furniture, lighting, costumes, sound, and special effects as story-telling communications to enhance the environment and characterization.
Stage directions are one important tool for the playwright to communicate his or her vision, and damned if they'll be told to throw that out.
faculty.wm.edu /lecatr/stagedirections.html   (3638 words)

 Basic stage blocking techniques for play directors
Blocking the actors' movements in a play is one of the first challenges for a director during the rehearsal process.
Stage blocking is one of the most basic and technical elements of play direction, but should never be taken lightly by the director.
Other considerations when block may include entrances of a character, or places for actors to go when their character has no function in the scene.
wy.essortment.com /stageblocking_rbua.htm   (886 words)

 Method of conducting asynchronous distributed collective operations - Patent 5748959
Therefore, it is highly desirable to design a method of asynchronous distributed collective operations that allows mixing of blocking and non-blocking operations between tasks as to improve the performance and efficiency of the environment while still maintaining the capability of handling multi-stage operations.
In other words, where there are internal dependencies, once the process encounters a stage where the output from one stage becomes the input to the next stage, since the process cannot block any stage of the operation, the collective operation can no longer continue and is forced to return control to the user.
In blocking mode, when the handle is set to a null value (parameters are NULL), the macros can "sense" that the blocking mode is in effect by examining the request handle or parameter, and change their behavior accordingly.
www.freepatentsonline.com /5748959.html   (3866 words)

 About Youth Stages
Youth Stages is an exciting arts-in-education organization representing professional artist-educators and providing creative drama and theatre arts programming for schools, libraries, museums, after-school programs, recreation departments, scout troops, community centers, and places of worship.
Youth Stages artist-educators are professional artists who utilize their unique combination of theatre experience and teaching experience to nurture each child's individuality while maintaining classroom discipline.
A Youth Stages artist-educator works with you to create lesson plans specific to your programming needs, then comes to your location and leads your young people in exciting acting and theatre exercises.
www.youthstages.com /AboutYouthStages   (382 words)

 (Print Version) Prostate Cancer (Early Stage)
The drugs used to contain early stage prostate cancer are FDA-approved, yet a recent survey showed that only a small percentage of urologists are using hormone-blocking therapy properly in treating early stage prostate cancer patients.
This study showed that continuous hormone-blocking therapy accelerates the rate at which prostate-cancer cells become resistant to testosterone blocking therapy, and that intermittent hormone blockade significantly increases the length of effectiveness of hormone-blocking therapy in the long-term treatment of prostate cancer.
A total of 200 cases were analyzed to determine accuracy of staging (determining the distinct phases) of prostate cancer.
www.lef.org /protocols/prtcls-txt/t-prtcl93.html   (3992 words)

 Stage Manager
Stage managers typically provide practical and organizational support to the director, actors, designers, stage crew and technicians throughout the production process.
Here the director and the stage manager work side by side, with the stage manager recording the director's decisions about blocking and notes for the actors, keeping track of logistical and scheduling details and communicating what goes on in rehearsals to the rest of the team.
Furniture and prop plans for complicated sets are drawn up by the stage manager and technical designer to show exactly where the furniture and props are to be positioned on stage at the beginning of each scene and sometimes in the wings.
www.aact.org /people/stagemanager.html   (399 words)

 Blocking - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Blocking (stage), the movement and positioning of actors on the stage (and in film, within the frame)
Blocking (statistics), in the design of experiments, the arranging of experimental units in groups (blocks) which are similar to one another
Blocking (construction), horizontal boards placed between wall studs to facilitate hardware attachment
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Blocking   (281 words)

 A Case for the Stage Director's Copyright, by Edward Einhorn
It is their opinion that those stage directions are theirs and their fear that they will lose ownership of those stage directions if a director is allowed to copyright blocking.
The fact of the matter is that, in practice, often the playwight's stage directions have to be altered to accommodate the actual space of the performance.
I would argue that, in a stage performance, the stage directions a playwright includes may provide ideas for blocking, but they are not the blocking itself.
www.untitledtheater.com /DirectorsCopyright.htm   (3229 words)

 Method Acting Glossary
The technique emphasized the movement on stage, the study of preparation for a certain action: emotional and physical state of the moment of action itself: and the resulting anti-climax of reaction (see Cycle).
The approach we have chosen--the art of living a part--[asserts] that the main factor in any form of creativeness is the life of a human spirit, that of the actor and his part, their joint feelings and subconscious creation.
Stage movement The purposeful movement of an actor on the stage.
method.vtheatre.net /dict.html   (3790 words)

 Glossary of Technical Theatre Terms - Results
Form of stage where the audience are seated on at least two (normally three, or all four) sides of the whole acting area.
Usually shortened to ASM, the assistant stage manager is the most junior member of the Stage Management team, and is often in charge of sourcing and running Properties during the run of a show.
The stage manager calling the cues is very often at the side of the stage (traditionally stage left) but in some venues he/she may be in the control room also.
www.theatrecrafts.com /glossary/resultscat.php   (15348 words)

 Constance Gamiere's Drama Appreciation Class Notes
Stage business - The activities that the actor does on stage that do not involve dialogue or blocking.
Blocking - The actor’s body movement on the stage.
Example: The director tells the actor to move stage left behind the couch, as he says certain lines.
www.mpc.edu /Projects/405/Chapt12.htm   (613 words)

 Stage Terms   (Site not responding. Last check: )
This Blocking refers to the director telling you when and where to move onstage.
When an actor is onstage and then another actor ends up standing in a way which blocks the audience's view of the first actor, then the first actor should move so that he/she can be seen again.
This can be anything from a Set prop (an object that is part of the set - on the stage itself - such as a chair) to a Hand prop (an object which can be easily held in your hand - such as a hand-held mirror or a pen).
ed.uno.edu /sites/RWilhite/terms.htm   (555 words)

 CommsDesign - QoS Enhancement in the Clos Network for Multicast Communication
A multicast connection request may be established by using as many middle stage switch modules as the cardinality of V (degree of fanout of the request).
The links between the input and middle stage and output and middle stage are implemented in the form of vectors.
Blocking reduces considerably when the middle stage switch modules are linked to put through a blocked call.
www.commsdesign.com /showArticle.jhtml?articleID=192200273   (1845 words)

 blocking (stage)
Blocking is usually carried out by the director of the work during the rehearsal process to give actors surety about where they should move and to ensure sight lines for the audience.
It can be difficult to execute unless the stage design and basic ideas about the positioning of props on stage are known.
During the 'blocking' rehearsal either the assistant director or the stage manager take notes about where actors are positioned and their movement patterns on stage.
www.mcfly.org /blocking%20(stage)   (177 words)

 Community Theater Dictionary
The art of moving actors on the stage in such a manner as not to collide with the walls, the furniture, the orchestra pit or each other.
An opportunity for the actor with the smallest role to count everybody else's lines and mention repeatedly that he or she has the smallest part in the show.
An area of the stage which the lighting designer has inexplicably forgotten to light, and which has a magnetic attraction for the first-time actor.
www.communitytheater.org /humor/dictionary.htm   (1005 words)

 Theater Arts   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Theater Arts is a rehearsal for living intensely… exercise for being fully aware, being physically engaged with your surroundings, and intentionally performing your actions.
Add interest to a scene by finding actions and movement ("stage business") that fits the scene and helps hold the attention of the audience.
entrances, exits, moving closer or further away from another person, crossing in front of or behind someone, or "giving the stage" all can send a message.
mysite.verizon.net /vze20goz/thartstgbiz.htm   (171 words)

 A Glossary of Theatrical Terms   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The individual who suffers from the delusion that he or she is responsible for every moment of brilliance cited by the critic in the local review.
Appendages at the end of the arms used for manipulating one's environment, except on a stage, where they grow six times their normal size and either dangle uselessly, fidget nervously, or try to hide in your pockets.
Individual responsible for overseeing the crew, supervising the set changes, baby-sitting the actors and putting the director in a hammerlock to keep him from killing the actor who just decided to turn his walk-on part into a major role by doing magic tricks while he serves the tea.
www.mcircle.org /misc/glossary.html   (746 words)

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