September 2007 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue
| Volume 14, Issue
October 2007 Theme
Down on the Farm
Citizen & Showman
Get those Webelos outdoors –
Planning to graduate your Webelos to Boy Scouts at the Blue
and Gold? Or maybe March? Be sure to check out your outdoor requirements
now!! Get in touch with your Den parents and a local Boy Scout troop and
arrange the activities.
Outdoor requirements include –
With your Webelos den, visit at least
one Boy Scout troop meeting,
one Boy Scout-oriented outdoor activity.
(If you did this to earn your Outdoorsman activity badge, you may not
use it to fulfill requirements for your Arrow of Light Award)
in a Webelos overnight campout or day hike.
(If did this to earn your Outdoorsman activity badge, you may not use it
to fulfill requirements for your Arrow of Light Award)
Depending on where you live, these could be hard to accomplish in January!!
Be sure to check
out last month’s issue of Baloo for more ideas for this Activity Award. CD
One of the purposes of Cub
Scouting is “Developing habits and attitudes of good citizenship”. A Scout
promises to do his duty to his country. The Citizen Activity Badge helps the
Webelos understand what a good citizen is and teaches him the history of our
flag. Citizenship is more than just knowing the words to oaths and pledges. It
is putting into practice the spirit of those words and ideas. There are outward
signs of our country that we are all aware of. The map, flag, and the national
anthem are some of these signs. The Citizen Activity Badge relates directly to
developing responsible citizens. This is one of the prime purposes of Cub
Scouting and the Boy Scouts of America. This badge is one of the requirements
for the Arrow of Light Award.
On the trail to first Class
rank the Boy Scout must learn more about citizenship skills rights and
responsibilities. To become an Eagle Scout, the boy must earn a total of 21
merit badges. Three of these stress citizenship - Citizenship in the Community,
Citizenship in the Nation, and Citizenship in the World - are Eagle required
merit badges. So for a boy on the road to Eagle Scout, the Citizen
Activity Badge is one of most important step in his Webelos year . The Citizen
Activity Badge is in the Community group.
The Webelos Leader must plan
carefully so that the boys get a feeling for the real meaning of citizenship
without spending a lot of time in study. One of the best ways to stress the
meaning of citizenship is by practicing citizenship skills and stressing doing a
good turn. The appeal of this badge to the boys will be determined in large part
by the method used by the Webelos Leader in presenting it. It can be exciting,
fun and informative; or it can be just some more stuff to cover. Because of its
importance, the leader is encouraged to make a special effort in planning it.
To foster citizenship in
Webelos Scouts. To teach boys to recognize the qualities of a good citizen. To
introduce boys to the structure of the U.S. government. To familiarize boys with
basics of American history .To convince boys that laws are beneficial. To
encourage Webelos Scouts to become community volunteers.
Where to Go and What to Do
Invite a guest speaker from a local board to explain his duties
and tell the Webelos Scouts why he volunteers his time-
Buy a packet of used U. S. commemorative stamps. Distribute
several to the Webelos Scouts and challenge them to discover the “story behind
the stamp”. At the following meeting allow each boy ample time to describe his
stamps and their significance.
Have each Webelos Scout write a letter to his Senator or
Congressman to express an opinion on an issue. It would be especially
interesting if two Webelos Scouts wrote an opinion about opposite sides of the
same issue. See what responses you receive.
Do a Good Turn by conducting a litter pickup campaign.
Encourage Webelos Scouts to fly a flag at home particularly on
appropriate flag holidays.
Arrange for the Webelos den to do a community service project.
Discuss the various organizations in the community which help
people. How are they financed and run? Do they use volunteer help?
Attend a naturalization ceremony.
Observe the voting process.
Visit a city council meeting, school board meeting, village
Explain Civic Pride. Illustrate with an example of Scout Pride. A
Uniform Inspection demonstration
Invite a new citizen to speak to your den on what becoming an
American citizen means to him.
Visit a local court. Ask the judge to speak to the boys about
citizenship Acquaint boys with the court procedure.
Visit your police, fire or rescue department
Invite a local police officer, :fireman, emergency medical
technician to a den meeting
Learn more about your community
Discuss difference between rights and duties of a citizen.
In election years, gather current election material. Things like
bumper stickers, voter signs
Good Turn Ideas
Give some of the toys the Webelos Scouts may have made as part of
the Craftsman badge to needy children. Use Craftsman skills to repair and
refurbish toys for the same purpose.
Give a holiday party for children or adults in a residential
situation. Plan games, songs, small gifts, party favors, and treats.
Participate in the Food Drive in the fall to stock good pantries
for needy families. .Collect toiletry articles and used clothing for the
Salvage used books to be sold at the public library or to be used
to set up libraries for children or adults in a residential situation.
Read to someone who cannot see.
Provide snow shoveling, yard care, errand service, or other aid to
an elderly person or couple in your neighborhood.
Symbols of Freedom
Bell – symbolizes
American independence and liberty. It is located in Philadelphia’s Independence
Hall. It was rung on July 8, 1776 to proclaim the Declaration of Independence.
Later it became associated with the antislavery movement.
Statute of Liberty – was a gift to the United States from
France to commemorate America’s 100th birthday. Dedicated in 1886 it
was placed in New York Harbor. It is sculpted with a copy of the Declaration of
Independence in one hand and a torch in the other, symbols that reflect the
freedom and opportunity offered by the United States.
Bald Eagle – noted for its strength, is an important symbol
of our country. Its beauty in flight invokes the idea of freedom so integral to
our system of government. Since 1792, the eagle has served as the central motif
of the Great Seal of the United States. On the seal, the eagle brandishes the
arrows of war and the olive branch of peace to represent the strength and
liberty of our nation.
American Flag – adapted by the First Continental Congress
in 1777 to represent the 13 new states. The original resolution officially
designed the United States flag as 13 alternating red and white stripes and 13
white stars in a blue field. The American flag has become the main symbol of our
nation and people.
Newspaper Study Game
-for dens or small groups
Equipment: One current
newspaper per team.
Teams gather in groups, each with the same day’s issue of a
newspaper. On signal, teams start a search for news items that definitely
illustrate the 12 points of the Scout Law. Items are cut out and numbered
according to the point of the law. Team with the most clippings in a given time
wins. Strategy: The smart team leaders distribute pages among his team members.
Do You Know
When the Stars and Stripes
first became our national flag, no one was sure just what the design of the flag
should be. Since the time of that first flag, official descriptions of the
national colors have been very careful and clear. Not only is the design of the
flag carefully described today. But there are many special rules for displaying
it. The following questions are based on the universal flag code of the United
States. See how many you and your Webelos den can answer correctly. Some of
these questions are tricky.
1. The flag is
raised (a) slowly, (b) briskly, (c) at any speed that is comfortable.
2. If you
carry the flag in a parade and passed before the President of the United States,
you would dip the flag slightly in salute to the President as you walked past
him. True or False?
3. The flag
must never be lowered no matter how bad the weather conditions. True or False?
4. The flag is
never allowed to fly after daylight hours anywhere in the world. True or False?
5. When the
flag is carried in a procession or on other occasions, it is escorted by an
honor guard. True or False?
6. The flag’s
honor guard walks (a) on the flag’s right, (b) just behind the flag, (c) on both
sides of the flag.
7. If you are
a Cub Scout, Webelos Scout, Boy Scout, or Explorer, you always give the Scout
salute to the flag even when you are not in uniform. True or False?
8. When you
carry the flag in a parade with other flags, the U. S. flag must go on the left
of and in line with the other flags. True or False?
(b) Briskly- it’s a happy occasion!
False. The flag is never dipped to anyone.
The U.S. Code states, "The flag should not be displayed on days when
the weather is inclement, except when an all weather flag is displayed."
All-weather flags are specially made to resist the elements and are generally
labeled as such by flag manufacturers. Even flags labeled as being all-weather
flags, however, can be damaged by high winds and extreme conditions. We
recommend good judgment when determining whether a flag should remain flying
during bad weather.
False. Although it is the custom to display the flag only from sunrise to
sunset, there is not a law prohibiting its being flown both day and night.
(c) On both sides of the flag.
False. When you are in civilian clothes, you remove your hat and
place your hand over your heart when the flag passes
False. It is carried at the right of the other flags or at the front and center
of a line of other flags.
Do you know enough to become a
citizen? Take this test and find out!
discovered America and what was he looking for?
were the first 13 original states that formed the Union?
many amendments to the Constitution have been made so far?
must be done before the Constitution can be amended?
right is provided in the 15th Amendment?
was the Constitution of the United States adopted?
form of government do we have in the United States? What is the difference
between a republican type of government and a monarchy?
many Presidential electors does each state have?
is the most important right that the Constitution gives us as Americans?
are the first 10 amendments to the Constitution called?
established the first permanent colonies in North America?
is meant by referendum?
are the colors of the United States flag and what do they stand for?
was President during the Civil War and about when was this war fought?
document was signed on July 4,1776: where was it signed and what did it declare?
are the basic principles of the U.S. Constitution?
17. Who is
eligible for the office of President or Vice President?
and where does Congress meet?
19. Why is
the government divided into three branches?
many members are there in the Supreme Court? What is the term of office for
Answers – Naturalization
Christopher Columbus discovered America in 1492. He was looking for a short
route to the Orient.
Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New
Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina and
Twenty-six amendments have been made so far.
Houses of Congress must pass the amendment, and 36 states must ratify and
15th amendment gave all American citizens the right to vote, regardless of race,
creed, or color.
Constitution of the United States was adopted March 4, 1789.
republic. In a republican form of government the supreme power rests in all
citizens entitled to vote and is exercised by representatives elected directly
or indirectly by them and responsible to them, while in a monarchy the head of
the nation is a line who inherits the throne.
state has as many Presidential electors as it has United States Senators and
gave us Equality before the laws regardless of race, color, or religion. It
gives us freedom so long as we do not interfere with the rights of others.
Bill of Rights.
English were first with permanent colonies.
Referendum means that people may ratify or annul acts of the legislature.
13. Red is
for courage, White stands for truth, and Blue is for justice.
Abraham Lincoln was President, 1861 -1865
Declaration of Independence, signed at Philadelphia. Declared our independence
Liberty, Equality, and Justice
native-born American citizen who is at least 35 years old
Congress meets in Washington D.C. on January third of each year.
provide a system of checks and balances to prevent any group from becoming too
are nine Justices in the Supreme Court. They serve for life with good behavior .
Presidential Word Search
Washington Adams Jefferson Madison
Monroe (Adams) Jackson Van Buren
Harrison Tyler Polk
Fillmore Pierce Buchanan Lincoln
Johnson Grant Hayes Garfield
Arthur Cleveland (Harrison) (Cleveland)
McKinley Roosevelt Taft Wilson
Harding Coolidge Hoover (Roosevelt)
Truman Eisenhower Kennedy Johnson
Nixon Ford Carter
Bush Clinton (Bush)
Scouts Bobcat Tiger Wolf
parentheses are repeats that only appear once in the puzzle
MENTAL SKILLS GROUP
The Showman Activity Badge
offers a choice of PUPPETRY, MUSIC, OR DRAMA. A Webelos Scout can pick
the area that suits him best. Encourage them to have fun with this Badge. The
Showman Activity Badge is in the Mental Skills group.
To instill an appreciation of
the fine arts. To expose boys to entertainment professions. To expand the
imagination and creativity of Webelos. To increase boys’ self - confidence in
front of audiences.
Where to Go and What to Do
Junior and Senior high school
Make up a Webelos band to
entertain at a pack meeting.
Learn magic tricks to do as a
skit. Or take your magic show on the road to a residential center for seniors or
Make a videotape of a play the
Webelos write and perform. Show it to parents or in a demonstration corner of a
Invite an artist, and or a
musician to a den meeting to tell about their profession or hobby.
Write and or perform a skit
complete with scenery and costumes.
Attend a folk music festival.
Learn to sing a folk song. Learn about the history of the song.
Invite the boys to tell about
the instruments that they play.
Make an audiotape of a radio
program the boys perform.
Have the boys make puppets out
of a variety of materials. A wooden spoon can be made into a variety of
different puppets. The bowl of the spoon becomes the head. Hair can be made from
yarn, and clothes can be made of felt, or simply painted on.
A fun and different idea for
puppets is to use work gloves. Work gloves come in assorted colors and textures.
The white gloves with black polka dots on the fingers make great Dalmatian
puppies. Brown gloves can be used as reindeer with brown chenille stick antlers.
Have the glove peek out of a chimney, or make a cardboard sleigh.
A green glove can be turned
into a collection of worms. An orange glove can become a family of tigers or
giraffes. The puppets can be animated by inserting the glove into a decorated
box to match the style of the puppet and moving the puppet with the use of a
stick inserted at the base of the box. Or, the boys can simply use the gloves on
Build a simple stage. This can
be accomplished with a table and a blanket draped over it. Even a clothesline
strung between two chairs can hold up the curtains. A more elaborate stage can
be made out of a very large cardboard box. This can be decorated to coordinate
with the play’s theme.
Puppets will be more appealing
if given a definite personality, this means that your puppet should have his own
character, which is unlike any other puppet on stage. The main idea is to make
him an outstanding individual with his own mannerisms, with his particular way
of walking and talking.
Facial features of a puppet
will help make him outstanding in appearance. Give your puppet a face that will
attract attention. The features of a puppet should be exaggerated. Give him an
extra big nose or a very crooked mouth, so that the audience can recognize him
Let your puppet speak and act
according to the kind of person he represents. When putting on a puppet show,
keep actions clear and simple.
Make sure the audience can tell
which puppet is doing the talking. Jiggle the talking puppet somewhat as he
talks, nod his head or move slightly forward. The other puppets on stage should
remain motionless until their turn to speak. Be sure to speak clearly. It is
harder to understand a person’s voice when you cannot watch his face and lips
when he talks. Do not hide one puppet behind the others.
Fast Puppet Stages
A cardboard box lid makes a good stage for one or two puppets. Cut
holes in the lid. The puppeteer sticks his hands through the holes to work the
puppets on his hands. He can drape a sheet over his body if he wants.
Instant stages include an open umbrella placed on the floor or a
card table with a sheet draped over it or set on its side.
Cut large cardboard pieces in the shape of the side view of a
ship. (rowboat, ocean liner, Viking boat, etc.)
Different Types Of Puppets
Bags – Common paper sacks such as lunch sacks may be decorated with paints,
crayons, colored paper, etc.
– Roll paper into a tube ¾” across the inside and about 2” long, fasten with
tape. Place stuffing material over the end of the tube and down its side to form
the shape of the head. Now slip the end of the sock over the stuffing. Tie the
sock onto the tube securely. The nose may be made by pulling a section of the
sock out and wrapping with thread or a separate stuffed piece of cloth may be
sewn on. Buttons, beads, etc make good eyes, ears, or noses. Paint or markers
may be used to add further details to the faces. The simplest costume for this
puppet is a rectangular piece of cloth folded at the center and a slot cut into
the folded edge. Insert the neck of the puppet head into this slot and sew
together. Sew each side of the costume together leaving an opening at each side
of the top for the boy’s thumb and middle finger, which will be the puppet’s
arms. The boy’s index finger fits into the tube to operate the head.
Mache’ Heads – Light weight and durable heads for puppets may be made by
modeling paper mache’ to the desired shape.
Prepare a wooden base or standard using any convenient
piece of wood, about 5” square and ¾” thick. Put the rod in the center (rod may
be ½” x 6 or 8” dowel) at the base. Wrap some crumpled paper around the top of
the rod on the modeling base and tie it together with a piece of string. When
tied, the ball should be about 1” in diameter.
Apply paper mache’ around the wadded paper until the head
is 2 ½” in diameter and about 3” high. Form the eyes, ears, and nose either by
squeezing the soft-ball to shape or by adding the features as separate pieces.
After the desired shape has been made, dry the entire unit slowly. Drying maybe
hastened by placing the head in a warm oven. Turn off the oven at regular
intervals to keep it from getting to hot. When the head is well dried, pull out
the crumpled paper. Smooth off the rough spots on the thoroughly dried head with
sandpaper or a file. Apply several coats of shellac or glue sizing, then paint
on the desired features. Hair may be painted on, yarn, crepe paper, theatrical
hair or other suitable material may be glued on. If this type of head is to used
for a hand puppet be sure the neck opening is large enough for the fingers.
Finger Dancers: Finger
dancers are very comical. The fingers of the dancers re cut out of heavy paper
or lightweight cardboard and are colored with crayons or paints. Each figure
should be between 3 and 4 inches high. Two holes are cut near the base of each
figure just big enough to let your fingers pass through them. To make a figure
dance, put your finger through the holes, and move them to represent the
dancer’s legs. You can walk sedately, do high kicks, stand on one toe, jump in
the air, and do a number of other amusing antics.
Folk music is as old as man
himself. And primitive man probably sang folk songs, keeping time by clapping
his hands. As long as there have been people, there have been folk songs. Many
of our folk songs were brought here long ago by people who left Europe to escape
persecution or to seek a fortune in the new world. Traditional folk songs are
those passed on by word of mouth. Often the words and sometimes the music change
over the years. Just as folk singers come from many different backgrounds, the
American folk tune is a mixture of different cultures and music styles. You can
hear the sea chantey “Blow the Man Down”, the French Canadian tune” Alouette”, a
railroading song “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad” and a Negro spiritual “When
the Saints Go Marchin’ Inn.” Folk songs can be as old as “Greensleeves”, a
400-year old English ballad -or as new as today’s folk singers.
The unamplified guitar is to
the folk singer what a bus is to a bus driver. But folk singers also play other
instruments such as the banjo, lute, or mandolin.
Compose A Song
In Cub Scouting, we like to
sing fun songs, especially about Cub Scouting or something gross or fun. We can
even make our NEW song. We don’t have to write a new tune though. We can use a
tune from a song that we know, like “Three Blind Mice.” It’s an easy tune to
remember and an easy tune to sing. Here’s one example:
Road Kill Stew
Road Kill stew,
Road Kill stew,
Tastes so good,
Just like it should.
You go on down to the Interstate
You wait for the critter to meet its fate.
You take it home and you make it great!
Road Kill stew,
Road Kill stew.
Now, You compose a song. First
think of something that seems funny, but not insulting. Pick some words that
rhyme so you can put them as the last word in pairs of lines. Some examples:
Wise – eyes Shirt – dirt Cake – mistake
Lad – bad – mad – sad Shred – head Snow – blow
Boys – toys – noise Scout – snout – shout Quiver – shiver
Grain – plain Song – strong – long Cub – shrub – sub –
Sky – fly – tie – pie Wave – brave Air – there – share
Tree – free – me – three
Have your Webelos select their
favorite song, by their favorite band. But instead of making a music video to
with the song, have them write and present a puppet show instead!
Make a Band Instrument with
Tambourine -made by stretching upholstery plastic tightly between
a pair of embroidery hoops. Painted bottle caps are fastened to the sides with
thin wire. Decorate the top with markers or paints.
Bongo Drums -made from cardboard tubing from carpets and such.
Make the head from more upholstery fabric. Stretch tightly and secure.
Washtub bass -made from a washtub turned upside down and a
broomstick. Attach the broomstick to the washtub bottom. Run a heavy rubber band
from the top of the broomstick to the edge of the washtub bottom. Vary the sound
by stretching the rubber band back and forth while strumming.
Spoons -made from two tablespoons and a small block of wood.
Fasten the spoons bowl-to-bowl with the wood, about 1/2 inch thick, between the
handles. Fasten them at the handles. The spoon bowls should have a small amount
of space between them. Play the spoons by holding them in one hand and striking
them between the other hand and the thigh.
Add a cheap harmonica and you’ve got a great band. Don’t worry too
much about the sounds and being in tune, the singing win probably drown out the
Find the Word
FOLK MUSIC DRUM CELLO
VIOLIN VOICE GUITAR DULCIMER
AUTOHARP STAFF TREBLE CLEF
SHARP FLAT NOTE REST
NATURAL BANJO MEASURE FLUTE
Contact a local theatre group
and ask if your den can visit during a dress rehearsal.
Review the play before
attending to make sure it is suitable for the boys, and also give the boys an
idea as to what the play is about. While you are there, you may even get a tour
of the stage area, the props, dressing rooms and lighting areas. It’s a perfect
opportunity to try out the stage directions. The boys may even get to meet the
“stars” and get their autographs. It can be a special evening for the boys.
Write, put on, and take part in
a one-act play.
Let them come up with a theme.
It’s easier if it’s something familiar to them, such as a recent school
carnival, or school project. This can be performed for the Pack after a camp out
or at the campfire during a camp Out. Use as many boys as there are in the den.
The boys remain off stage until their turn, and then they stay on stage until
everyone runs off at the end. Use props as desired. Boys can make up their own
lines to suit their own camping adventures.
Simple Sound Effects
half gallon plastic bottle sharply on the end with a rubber spatula.
rice on a pane of glass (near a microphone if you have one).
a white light off and on or use a photographic flash, along with the thunder
metal cookie sheet at one end, placing your thumb on the underside, shake the
cookie sheet so that it vibrates. Bang it against the knee for an occasional
tin can full with dry peas or beans. Rotate the can slowly (in front of a
microphone if you have one).
Fill a wooden box with broken glass and a few stones, then nail on the top. Tip
the end of the box to create various kinds of crashes.
a drinking glass across a pane of glass (in front of a microphone if you have
small wire nails inside a flat box, such as a Band-Aid box. Move it back and
forth in rhythm…chug, chug, chug, chug….. Speed up as the train goes faster and
slow down as it is coming into the station.
Crumple and twist cellophane into a ball and then release it (in front of a
microphone if you have one).
Holding an aluminum cookie sheet in one hand, hit it with a metal spoon.
Old Clothing – Costumes can be made from anything you can think of in the
way of old clothing. Use different things to add to them to dress them up, such
as feathers or beads. Broken toy guns, foil for deputy badges or for covering
belt buckles, vinyl scrapes for vest and chaps will be useful for a cowboy
Crepe Paper – Crepe paper is an inexpensive costume material. It can be
glued, stapled, draped and folded. Its ability to stretch is also an important
factor. Simple tunics, vests, shirts, and hats can be fashioned quite easily.
With its wide range of colors crepe paper has many possibilities.
Paper Sacks – Grocery sacks and brown wrapping paper can be used for both
costumes and masks. They can be painted with latex or tempura paint. For a
leather-like appearance, crush and recrush brown paper sacks, or brown wrapping
paper until it is soft and wrinkled. Then press with a lukewarm iron. This works
for Indian and Western costumes.
Cardboard Box – Cut holes for head and arms, Then let the boys paint them
with latex paint, felt tip markers, and pens for highlights. You can have
clowns, animals, vegetables, robots, musical instruments or most anything else.
This is limited only by the boys imaginations.
Find the Word
Muppets Star Wars Harry Potter Star Trek
Bushwacked Richie Rich Beach Boys
Back Street Boys Power Rangers
Balto Spiderman Shrek Spy Kids
Dogs Speed Robin Hood
Invite Student actors from the local High School or acting institutes in
your area to come in and talk to the boys about acting as a career. Let them
demonstrate the different definitions used in acting. See if they would be will
to present a demonstration of the various styles of acting to the boys.
This is how actors move on stage and where they move.
The part of the stage closest to the audience.
Upstage The part of the stage farthest from the audience. In old theaters,
the stage used to slant down toward the audience so that the audience could see
the actors better. This is called a raked stage.
Stage left The part of the stage to the actor’s left.
Stage right The part of the stage to the actor’s right.
Center stage The center of the stage.
Open Turn Actor is to turn toward the audience
Closed turn Turn made away and with the actor’s back to the audience,
usually considered a poor movement. The opposite, an open turn, is most often
Cross Movement of an actor from one position on the stage to another
Cross above To move upstage/behind a person or prop
Cross below To move downstage/in front of a person or prop
Acting area closest to the audience and on the right side of the
stage as you face the audience (the actor’s right)
1) entering the stage; 2) opening in the set that is used for entering
1) leaving the stage; 2) opening in the set that is used for
To cross toward the center of the stage
To cross away from the center of the stage
Turn In Actor is to face upstage, away from the audience
Turn Out Actor is to face downstage, toward the audience
That part of the playing area farthest from
the audience and just left of center as you face the audience (the actor’s left)
Upstaging To cross deliberately to a place upstage of another actor and assume a
full front or one quarter position, thereby forcing the other performer to turn
to a three-quarter position in order to talk with the up stager
Front or Act Curtain (house curtain):
Curtain that masks the acting area or stage from the audience. Opens show and
can be used to separate Acts.
Apron: Area between the front curtain & edge of the stage.
Opening through which the audience views the play or performance.
Theatre in the Round (arena stage):
A stage which may be viewed from all sides simultaneously.
Offstage areas to R and L of acting/onstage
Teaser: Heavy curtain hung from above the proscenium opening to adjust the
height of the opening.
Tormentors: Curtain or flats on the sides of the proscenium opening
used to vary the width of the opening.
Borders: Short curtains hung above the acting area to mask lighting and flown
scenery from audience.
Tabs: Long curtains hung parallel to the tormentors on both wings to
create masking or entrances.
Trap: An opening in the stage floor.
Fly Loft (flies)
Space above the stage where scenery may be
lifted out of sight of the audience
Drop: A large cloth (often painted) used for creating a scene or
picture background on stage.
Scrim: A drop of loosely woven material (cheesecloth) that is opaque if
front lit and is transparent if backlit.
Flats: Wooden frames with a flat surface used to create walls or
separations on stage.
Backstage stage area beyond the acting area, including the dressing rooms
Offstage areas of the stage not in view of the audience
area immediately below the stage, usually
lower than the auditorium level; used by the orchestra
stage raised above the audience area, which
is placed at one end of a room
to mark the stage floor with chalk or tape
to indicate the position of furniture, properties, or scenery so that they will
be placed correctly during scene shifts.
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