1. What does it mean when we say that someone is a ham?
C That they overact or behave in a
overly theatrical way
Sightlines has historically been a problem in theater. The
larger the venue the harder it is to see the expressions on the actors
This is why in greek theatre the actors wore masks. With the
introduction of lighting came even more problems. Footlights coming from
below tended to wash out the actors features. Makeup in the form
of Greasepaint was the answer. Greasepaint originally in the form of
was applied to the actors faces. It was made from animal fat primarily
pig fat or Ham. It was very thick and smelly. (Only later was it turned
into a cream by Max
Factor in Holloywood.) Thus, when someone says that performance was
hammy they are refering to old style stage makeup.
2. Which of the following means that more than one person is at fault?
C It takes two to tango
This seems obvious to understand, you can not have an arguement or
fight without two participants.
3. Which of the following means that you should not make a decision too
before all the acts are presented?
A It ain't over till the fat
In Opera the show
is never over till the last aria by the diva. These sopranos tended to
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4. It is amazing, Bill Clinton has _____________ his way
out of the situation, again.
C tapped danced
Tap dancing requires
intricate and precise steps and often to dance around objects. By
tap dancing out of a situation means that
you cleverly avoid the problem. A schlep: a boring or difficult
journey so shlepped would me to escape painfully and slowly.
5. Before you perform Shakespeare's
Macbeth, I'd just like to say that I hope that you
To superstituous thespians to say "good luck" would be easiest way to
curse the production. Since talented understudies often got their
when something unforntunate happened to the star: like she broke her
leg. Therefore to wish good fortune to a troupe you say Brake a Leg.
(No, not just in the Theatre of the
6. Suzanne is always _____________ Robert, he has got to be more
assertive and dynamic.
To upstage someone means to come between them and the audience, hence
7. I know that you'd like Ben to be less clumsy, but you have to
understand that he was born ________________.
D with two left feet
This is because in a right handed world we have come to expect that
doing things from the left or sinister side would be ackward.
8. Which of the following means repeat what you just said:
A Say what?
B Run that by me again.
C Could you reiterate that?
D Excuse me?
E all of the above
Run that by me again means to replay the tape or film.
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9. Go up and take __________ ; your presentation was fabulous.
B a curtain call. At the end of a show the actors especially the
star come downstage in front of the audience to take their bows to the
sounds of appaluse.
10. I really like being __________; I find all the attention
A in the limelight
D in the spotlight
Limelight was a
earlier form of stage lighting that used a flame. A spotlight is a beam
of light that focuses on an actor to hightlight his performance.
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