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Theater 1—Scenic Design Study Guide Name: _____________________

Purpose of Scenery (pages 390-392)

1. Typically, theater conventions dictate general positions for set pieces and entrance
areas. What are 6 accepted conventions for these things?

2. How can a set create mood and atmosphere? Be Specific.

3. What is the basic rule of all aspects of theater, from acting to stagecraft?

Scenic Design (page 392)

4. What technical position is second in importance to the director?

5. What are four areas a Scenic Designer is responsible for?

The Twentieth Century (pages 396-397)

6. How are modern realistic interior sets different today than they used to be?

7. The properly designed set serves 3 purposes. Name all 3.

Types of Sets (pages 397-402)

8. What is the most common type of interior set?

9. What are 3 types of unit sets?

10. What type of set never changes during the play, except for staircase, backdrop or
set pieces?
11. What type of set uses two-fold or three-fold screens or flats against a drapery

12. Describe the following types of sets (see pages 402-403 for sample pictures):

--Prism or Periaktoi

--Drapery Set

Procedures for Designing a Set (pages 405-406)

13. What 2 things should be done before making any set plans?

14. Once a scenic designer has the director’s basic floor plan, explain the 5 step
process they do with that plan.

Predesign Considerations (pages 407-408)

15. What are the 7 things a designer must obtain information about before designing a

16. Why is it important to consider budget, time, and sound when designing a set?

Basic Principles (page 408)

17. Basic Design Principles can be labeled FAT. Explain what FAT stands for. (You
have to read the paragraph to find this, it does not say FAT means…)

F= A= T=

Artistic Design Principles (pages 408-409)

18. Having all elements of set form a perfect whole, centering around the main idea
of the play is called…????
19. Emphasis focuses the audience’s attention on some part of the stage. What things
in a set can be points of emphasis?

20. Name three ways a good designer will emphasize the center of interest.

21. Realistic stage settings have symmetrical balance and are proportioned to what
size individual?

22. What is the Central Axis—define and explain

23. Lines have a psychological effect on the audience; therefore you should choose
your lines very carefully. Explain the effects of the following lines used on a set:
-long vertical lines:

-Horizontal lines:

-Diagonal lines:

-Curved lines:

-Curves and Angles (with color contrast):

-Crooked or jagged lines:

24. According to the book, what color object will appear to have greater mass or bulk
on stage? Why?

25. The shape of objects on the set is important to consider. What do the following
shapes represent?



26. Color is important to consider because of its emotional value. From the book, list
5 colors and the emotions associated with each.

Erecting a Set (pages 418-419)

27. What is Dutchman? Why and how is it used?

Painting Scenery (Texturing) (pages 422-423)

27. What must be considered before painting the highlights and shadows? Explain.

General Safety Rules (page 432)

28. Copy down the following safety rules:

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