Cinema. Who is Who in the Theatre? Forms of Art

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juvenile film, love story, musical, science fiction film, thriller, war film, western.

1. Film dealing with major disasters, such as earthquakes, large fires, plane crashes, etc. 2. In this film, love and romance are the key elements. 3. Film to do with some aspects of war. 4. A film about the life of a particular person. 5. In this film, excitement is generated from action sequences. 6. Film aimed at children and young people. 7. Film which sets out to make the audience laugh. 8. Film about the American Wild West, usually with cowboys, Indians and gunfights. 9. Film set in the future, and often to do with space travel, robots, etc. 10. Film where the characters and/or situations could not exist in real life. Often deals with magic and mystery, fantastic voyages. 11. A very dramatic film where tension and suspense is deliberately maintained and is a central feature of the plot. 12. In this film, the focus is on human relationships rather than action. 13. A film where the main aim is to terrify the audience. 14. Also called an animated film. Here the film is made by photographing drawings rather than using live actors. 15. A film where the emphasis is on music. It usually contains lots of songs.

Think of a film title to match each of the following types of film.

Comedy, animated film (cartoon), romantic drama, psychological thriller, horror film, soap opera, science fiction film, James Bond film, historical film, western, adventure film, police drama, musical, detective film, documentary film, tear jerker/tear-tearing film, biopic.

Put one of the following prepositions in the sentences below.

To             in            behind             during                at                    on

1. We sat … the stalls. 2. The usherette showed us … our seats. 3. There were two actors … the stage. 4. You’d better ask … the box office. 5. My favourite actress was … play. 6. During the performance, work is going on … the scenes. 7. People usually have a drink or a cigarette …the interval. 8. Our seats were … third row. 9. He prefers to sit … the front; she likes to be … the back. 10. I like to sit … in the middle. 11. It wasn’t made … location. 12. Is there a good film … tonight? 13. What’s … … the Odeon? 14. This film is based … a book.

Put one of the following words in the sentences below.

Announcer, audience, balcony, cinema, critic, interval, joke, opera, orchestra, rehearsal, row, scene, scriptwriter, studio, understudy.

1. The … all applauded when she came onto the stage. 2. What film is on at the … this week? 3. I watched a concert given by a famous symphony … . 4. I always get a seat in the … when I go to the theatre. I can see much better from up here. 5. I didn’t think the … he told was at all funny. 6. The … apologized to viewers for the delay. 7. The dress-… was terrible. Let’s hope the first night will be much better. 8. The … in the newspaper said it was the best film of the year. 9. After ten hours in the recording …, the group were finally satisfied. 10. The director asked the … to change some of the lines in the first part of the film. 11. When the leading man became ill, his … had to take his place. 12. As soon as the lights went up for the …, the children rushed to the foyer to buy ice creams. 13. Not all … singers are large, you know! 14. I’ve got us two seats in … D, near the front. 15. In the final … of the film, the hero rode off into the sunset.


Match the words with suitable definitions.

Who is Who in the Theatre?

Actor/actress, audience, cast, company, choreographer, critic, director, playwright, prompter, set designer, stage hand, stage manager, understudy, usher/usherette.

1. The person who writes reviews of new plays, musicals, etc. 2. All the people who act in a play or a musical. 3. Learns another actor’s part in order to be able to take his place if he or she is ill or unable to perform. 4. Reminds the actors of their next line in a speech if they forget it. 5. Shows people coming to watch the play or musical to their seats. 6. Makes up or arranges the steps for the dancers who perform on stage. 7. Designs the scenery, etc. on stage. 8. A group of actors, singers or dancers who work together, e.g. The Royal Shakespeare … . 9. The people who come to watch a play or a musical.           10. Helps behind the scenes during a production, e.g. by moving scenery, etc. 11. A person who writes plays. 12. Is responsible for everything that happens on stage during a performance. 13. A person whose job is acting. 14. Decides how a play is performed; tells the actors what to do.

Match each part of a theatre with a definition.

Stalls, aisle, circle, dressing room, stage, box office, row, backstage, box, foyer.

1. Where actors put on their costumes and make-up. 2. The area on which the performance takes place. 3. A line of seats. 4. A way down from back to front between the seats. 5. The area of downstairs seats. 6. The area of upstairs seats. 7. The theater entrance hall where people meet before going in. 8. The place where you go or phone to buy tickets. 9. The whole area out of sight of the audience. 10. A little private balcony with 3-5 seats only.

Write the missing words in the sentences below.

Aisle, applause, auditorium, box office, circle (or balcony), curtain, dress rehearsal, dressing-room, first night, foyer, interval, matinee, (orchestra)pit, performance, programme, rehearse(verb), row, stage, stalls, wings.

1. We picked up the tickets we had ordered at the theatre … . 2. The … is the large area just inside the main doors of a theatre where people meet and wait, while the … is the part of a theatre where the audience sit. 3. He was given the Evening Standard Actor of the Year award for his … in Macbeth.  4. We walked down the … behind an usher as he showed us to our seats in … C. 5. The … was terrible. Several of the actors forgot their lines, one or two dancers fell over and there was a problem with the lightning. Let’s hope the play’s a lot better when it opens on Saturday. 6. When you buy tickets you choose to sit downstairs in the … or upstairs in the … . 7. If you can’t get to see the play in the evening, you can always go to he … or afternoon performance. 8. The audience really loved the new musical, as they showed by their loud … at the end. 9. The … is the area where the actors stand and perform. 10. I never go to see a play on its … . I prefer to wait a few weeks. It’s usually better then. 11. In front of the stage is an area where the musicians sit. This is called the … . 12. If you want to know more about the play or the actors in it, you can always buy a … before the performance. 13. The audience became silent as the … went up and the play began. 14. Before going on stage, the actors often wait in the … , that is, the area to the side of the stage, hidden from the audience. 15. There is usually a short … of about 15-20 minutes between the acts of a play. 16. They normally … for at least two months before they perform in public. 17. The actors put on their costumes and make-up in the … .     


There are different forms of art such as cinema, theatre and museums

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