Theatrical Terms, Non-Standard

Hughesie

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[top]For The Shop


[top]Tools & Hardware


Precision Adjustment Tool - largest sledge hammer in the shop
Boingy Nuts - Unistrut nuts
Caveman Sledge - Stage Weight
Redneck Roadcase - Cardboard Box

[top]Units of Measure


RCH - Red C*** Hair, believed to be the thinnest hair around, thus the smallest unit of measure
Scoshe - Similar to a smidge, just a tiny bit...
Electric Rope - Extension Cord
Safety Electric Rope - Orange Extension Cord
[top]For Squints


Carpenter Focus - When a fixture gets hit by a piece of scenery or anything that is not supposed to hit the lights
Wiggle Lights - Sometimes also known as "Woogie Lights" are lights that apparently have a mind of their own (or a DMX input)
Focus Stick - In our theatre this usually refers to a stage brace at some extension used to nudge lights around, but it could be any long stick. The really adept users can even change gels with one.
Top Loader - Another term for "radial" or Incandescent ERS.
[top]Not Insults, but Real Things


Beaners: Carabiner clip
Dikes: Diagonal Cutters
Bastard Amber: A popular front light color, aka "Fatherless Amber," Apollo Gel# AP7050.
[top]For Squeaks

Audio Log: A short piece of wood, usually a 2x4, "painted" with black gaffer's tape, used to elevate a wedge floor monitor to get a better angle.


[top]Misc


[top]Definitions


legs = tormentors
borders = teasers
Catywompus - it isn't just a little off, its catywompus
redbull- Nectar of the theater gods
gaff tape- duct tapes non-residue nemesis.
Theater Technician- People in the auditorium who make the show happen.
Technical Director- 1) in the eyes of the TD- he or she is the pinnacle of technical greatness. 2) in the eyes of all the other techs- boss.
Actors- self-centered people that like to dance on stage while wearing makeup. The Ultimate nemesis is the Technicians
[top]Stories


Or the look on the new kid's face when we say we're going to "hang the blacks" (Black Velour Stage Draperies).
Dead Baby Seals: Easy way to make a sandbag. Take a tire inner tube, Zip-tie one end several times, fill with sand, zip-tie other end. Result is a 10-25 lb. sandbag that looks like a dead baby seal. Not for overhead or Fly System use!

See this excellent list: http://www.sapsis-rigging.com/NSTTerms.html, by Bill ("Uncle Bill") of Sapsis Rigging.
 
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