Rouse Theatre Department
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Frequently Confusing Terms
BB- Black Box aka Theatre Classroom
OAP- One Act Play- UIL Competition in the Spring
SOAPs- Senior One Act Play- Seniors Direct their own one act plays
Heller Awards/Haya's- This is an award show for musicals that get chosen to compete in an Austin Area High School Musical Theatre competition.
The Jimmy's- 2 students are chosen from the Heller Awards to represent the Austin area in a nation wide competition in NYC. Our Langston Lee won the Jimmy's in 2023!!
Narnia- Closet that is supposed to hold snacks for students to eat when they go directly from school to rehearsal. Most of the time, it's empty because they are growing kids and food doesn't stay around long!
Theatre vs Theater- You go to the Theater to see some Theatre.
Thespian- Actors and Actresses are called thespians in honor of Thespis, a Greek playwright and performer. Around 585 BC, Thespis added a new dimension to drama by leaping out of his traveling wooden cart and away from the chorus line and reciting portions of the text alone. He recited poetry as if he were the characters that were speaking. Thus becoming the first actor.
Theatre masks- Thespis is credited with creating theatrical masks that he wore on stage, this style was called tragedy.
Thespian with a capital T refers to members of the International Thespian Society, which is the honor society for theatre students.