Further Terms to Use
Paraskena- Have two students stand on either side of the skena. These students should look at the skena performers and say, "Hi. I'm Para. You must be Skena." Expain that para in Greek means next to or beside, so the paraskena were structures that stood next to the skena. This is where actors would make entrances and exits to the skena area. It was also where actors would eavesdrop on what was happening on the skena, similar to our idea of the backstage.
Parados- Two to four students should line up in a straight line coming away from the paraskena at a slight angle. Have these students sing, in unison, "Parados!" Explain that these were corridors where the chorus would sing special songs called parados and where the audience would filter in before the show.
Orchestra- The rest of the students should form a circle from the ends of the parados to fill the rest of the room. Ask these students to dance and say orchestra three times before coming to a stop. In Greek theater, the word orkhestra means the dancing place, and this rectangular or circular area is where the chorus danced and performed.
Theatron- Ask every other member of the orchestra to take a step back, then close ranks towards the middle facing the skena. In very high brow accents, they should state, "We are the theatron." Theatron means seeing place in Greek, and it was the name for the audience seating area. In many ways, our theaters and the theatrons of old are not so very different. They are still a place to see and be seen!