Actor – a person who portrays a character in a play
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Climax – the point in a plot where the interest, tension, and excitement are highest
Conflict – the problem or struggle in a story
Dialogue – speech between characters in a play
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Narrator – a person who tells a story; often spoken in the 3rd person, but may also be from the 1st person point of view
Playwright – a person who writes the action, dialogue, and directions for movement in a play
Pantomime – the use of body movements and facial expressions to portray a character or situation
Plot – a sequence of events that forms a story or drama; problem and solution
Scenery – painted boards, screens, or three-dimensional units that form the background of a play and enclose the acting area
Script – a copy of a play that provides stage directions and dialogue
Set – the scenery, props, and furniture onstage; also a term for placing props and scenery
Stage directions – an instruction written as part of the script of a play, indicating stage actions, movements of performers, or production requirements
Stage left – The left side of the stage from the perspective of an actor facing the audience
Stage right – The right side of the stage from the perspective of an actor facing the audience
Theme – the message a play or drama communicates about its subject, such as “greed will lead to trouble”
Tone – the use of inflection to communicate feelings