Glossary of Event Terms

Step and Repeat A professional banner or backdrop placed on a stage or red-carpet area. The purpose is to give the celebrities, talent or person (s) to be recognized an isolated spotlight and have their picture taken.
Stanchions for Crowd Control Metal Upright bar or frame that when linked together with rope or fabric will create a level traffic pattern to form a line or direct foot traffic through certain doors.
Strike After the show or performance is over, a strike is when the crew tear down the stage, props or décor.
Gobo An image of an Object, Name or Initials fabricated inside a lens or light source and thereby casts a shadow on a wall or screen
Boxwood Wall Artificial boxwood (rounded multi-branched evergreen shrub) that is attached to an “air” wall to create a natural garden like setting.
Hard Wall Prefabricated hollow walls often used to divide a large room, or create a decorated back-drop or registration area. Walls are held in place by Jack Legs or other support devices.
Pre-Con A meeting for key planners and production personnel to review the details of the event and facility.
Wall Tiles Similar to floor tiles but mostly in 3D textured designs and colors. Tiles are adhered to hollow wall to create various themed backgrounds on stage or behind the person (s) featured.
Par Can A conventional light fixture for stage wash. This allows the “target”area to be illuminated.
Up Light Light fixtures are placed on the floor and are pointed up, thus creating an “up light” effect.
LED Light LED lights are very efficient and do not produce heat like regular lights. There is a wide range of colors available and illuminate a deeper, richer color.
Jack Legs “L” shaped wood stands that brace a hard-wall
Back Drop A drape, wall panel or fabric which is hung behind the performer on the stage.
Truss Mainly used to hang lighting or other ceiling elements. This metal structure helps support and balance objects being suspended.
Traveler Moving Drape, which is split in half, or made of 2 panels. The traveler or track is commonly used on stage to open or draw back the drape and reveal the show, person or object.
Skirting Fabric used below a table or stage which will hide cables or other mechanical equipment
Control area An area to be used for production personnel, directors, stage managers, etc. These people manage timing on lights, walk-ons, music stops and starts.
Serpentine Set-Up Shaped in the form of a curvy line – this could be tables, chairs or boxes which showcase products, foods, or guest seating.
Baffle Drape A drape passage-way that “masks” or covers an area so it is invisible to the public or audience.
Riser An object placed under a person, centerpiece or part of a stage which elevates the object.
Scrim A thin, gauze-like curtain. When illuminated from the front, it appears opaque. When illuminated from behind, but not directly on it, scrims become almost transparent.
Cyc (Cyclorama) A vertical surface which is used to form the background for a theatrical type setting. A cyc is usually made from a heavy cloth, drawn tight to achieve a smooth, flat surface.
Pin Spot A light focused very tightly on a small area. An example of a pin spot would be on a wedding cake or an auction item.
Front Projection The projectors are in front of the projection surface or screen. This results in a bright image, but also means that no one can stand or walk in front of the projector, which would cause a shadow.
Rear Projection The projector is behind the projection surface. This means that the projection image will be reversed from the point of view of the audience.
Light Tree A stand with arms attached for light fixtures
Masking Fabric is used to cover projection screen legs, storage areas or other equipment not to be viewed by the audience.