IELTS® Listening Practice 123

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Listening Script Vocabulary

(Section 2: You will hear a staff member talking to two people working at the Liberty Theater House. First, you will have some time to look at questions 11 to 16 [20 seconds]. Listen carefully and answer questions 11 to 16.)

Hi. It's nice to see you today. I'm Molly, and I'll be taking care of the two of you for your first few weeks working here at the Liberty Theater House.  

I'd like to start off here with some important information before you meet the rest of the staff.

Although the theater has been updated several times, it's a very old building. In fact, as you can see, we're in the middle of some major remodeling at the moment.

The interior has just gotten a fresh coat of paint, and we're about to start on the exterior of the building - that'll be a huge job. We've had to wait on installing an elevator since the project has gone over our initial budget. I hope you're ready to climb some stairs!

When the theater was first built, people of that time were generally smaller than we are now. That's why the original seats were quite close together. We've replaced them with spacious seats that allow for more legroom. We've taken the opportunity to install seats that can easily be moved around to create different acting spaces, but there are fewer seats than there were before. We've also converted some storage space for new purposes, like meeting rooms.

We do our best to involve members of the public as much as possible here. We've done this by setting up backstage tours, and now people can be taken around the building and learn how a theater runs. So far, these tours seem quite popular. What we're finding now is that people want to have lunch or a cup of coffee while they're here, so we're also thinking about eventually opening up a cafe.

We have a bookshop that attracts plenty of customers. It specializes in books about drama.

Then there are two large rooms that will be operational next month, and they'll be available to rent out for conferences and private functions, such as parties. We're also considering lending out costumes to some local drama clubs. Now I want to tell you about our workshops.

We've recently opened a few public workshops and programs. In the future, we'd like to offer courses in acting, but we're waiting until we've got the right instructors available to teach. That's proving more challenging than we thought it would be! Our new lighting workshop helps people to learn about the technical side of putting on a production, which seems to be of great interest to many. 

As of next month, we'll be starting one on sound as well. A number of people have also been curious about workshops on stage makeup, so that's another thing we're considering going forward. A surprisingly successful workshop has been the one on making puppets - we happen to have a hobbyist here on staff, and he volunteered to run that workshop. It was such a success that we're running it twice a month now!

(Before you hear the rest of the talk, you will have some time to look at questions 17 to 20 [20 seconds]. Now, listen and answer questions 17 to 20.)

Now, a word about the floorplan of the building.

The auditorium, stage and dressing rooms for the actors are at the basement level. Here on the ground floor we have most of the rooms that aren't seen by the general public. Most of these rooms are internal, so they have skylights that let light in from above. 

Standing here in the lobby, you may be curious as to where the box office is located, as this is where the public looks to find it. Well, as you may have observed coming in - it's actually next door, with a separate entrance from the road, although it's still part of this building. 

To get to the stage manager's office, first cross the lobby, then pass through the double doors, and it will be the first door you see. 

When you're through the double doors, to find the lighting box, where the lighting computer board is operated, pass the drinking fountain and continue to the door at the end of the hall. The lighting box has a window into the auditorium, which of course is below us.

The artistic director's office is also located through the double doors. It's next to the stage director's office, across from the drinking fountain.

And finally, for the moment, the room where I'll take you next - the break room. So, if you'd like to come with me…

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