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The stage

Areas of the stage

Stage areas are named so that people can easily say where an actor needs to be. The areas of the stage are always related to the actor, so 'stage left' (SL) would be on the actor's left when facing the audience. The director [director: The person who supervises the drama and instructs actors ], watching from the audience, would see stage left on his or her right.

Often stage areas will be abbreviated into the following:

Common abbreviations for the areas of a stage

USR - Upstage RightUSC - Upstage CentreUSL - Upstage Left
CR- Centre RightCS - Centre StageCL - Centre Left
DSR - Downstage RightDSC - Downstage CentreDSL - Downstage Left

Make sure you know where these areas are - you may need to write them on your script [script: The text of a play or drama production - usually the script will give suggestions for the setting of the scene and contain direction for the characters ] or use them when directing members of your group. You may also need to write about stage areas in your evaluation of a live theatre performance in your portfolio [portfolio: A collection of your work, completed over the duration of your studies ].

Play the activity below, by placing your character in the correct stage positions.

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