GLOSSARY - G

gaffer -- slang term for any foreman of a stage crew, usually the electrician
gag -- a line delivered to get a laugh
gang -- to group together lighting units for master control
gel frame -- the metal frame the holds the color filter
gels -- color medium made of dyed animal material. It is used to change the color in any stage lighting instrument.
general manager -- oversees all nonartistic parts of the production. Under the producerís guidance, the general manager draws up the budgets and works directly with agents and lawyers in drawing up contracts for actors and the leasing of the theater. He also handles all negotiations with the various theatrical unions.
general press agent -- individual responsible for the promotion of the production: press releases, ad placement, poster distribution, radio and TV spots, interviews, etc. This individual works very closely with the producer and is usually held responsible for the longevity of a production.
genre -- group or category of compositions that have common characteristics
gesture -- the use of hand, body and facial movement to make the actorís dialogue more meaningful or to make a point without dialogue
give stage -- directorís request that an actor take a weak position so another actor can have focus
given circumstances -- according to Stanislavsky, those aspects of character that are beyond the characterís or actorís control: age, sex, state of health, and so on
glare -- the reflection of light from the floor of the stage; caused by lighting instruments pointed downstage over a floor that has been painted a shiny color
go -- the magic word; the universal way to tell someone to do their thing
gobo -- metal cutout that creates a simple pattern when placed on the aperture of an ellipsoidal reflector spotlight
go up -- to forget oneís lines while on stage
grand drape -- the main curtain; aka, the main rag
grease paint -- a cosmetic used for stage makeup
greenroom -- traditional name of the room in which actors gather to wait for entrances. Although many are not painted green today, it is thought that the equivalent room in Londonís Drury Lane Theater was green -- hence the name.
grid -- framework of steel affixed to the stage ceiling, used to support rigging necessary for flying scenery
grip -- a stagehand
gripping -- moving scenery by picking it up manually
grommets -- small metal rings driven into a drop; designed to hold tie lines
gross -- the money taken in for a performance before paying bills,salaries, taxes, etc.
ground cloth -- a canvas covering the floor of a stage used as a padding for the acting area usually painted to represent grass, stones, etc.
ground plan -- a drawing of the stage setting including the major furniture props as seen from above
ground row -- a low, horizontal piece of scenery designed to hide lighting instruments on the floor