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Theatrical Terms, Non-Standard

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  1. Hughesie

    Hughesie Well-Known Member

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    Freelance Lighting Programmer/grandMA Trainer
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    Melbourne, Australia
    [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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