The theater has always been an important part of cultural expression. People and communities from all over the world developed their own form of theater disciplines and arts. They did this despite not being in contact with each other. This shows that people have a predisposition towards theatrical performances in general. From Japan to England, there are many varied styles and disciplines of theater. However, despite all the variations, there are a few uniting factors. Almost all theatrical performances require a stage of some sort. The stage is an elevated platform, upon which the actors and cast members perform. The elevation makes it easier for the people standing or sitting far from the stage to follow the action and appreciate the expressions of the actors. The actors are also typically decked out in loud and ostentatious costumes to introduce some glamor to the show.
The stage can have a huge impact on how well the performance is received. The stage can enable a variety of stunts and effects which wouldn’t have been possible otherwise. A typical example of theater magic is when the actors pop out from under the floor. This type of an entrance from below is only possible due to pre-installed hydraulic machinery which is fitted underneath the stage. Another example is the complex system of bungees and pulleys which are strong enough to lift a person up. These can be used to show the illusion of a person flying, for example. Let’s not forget the most basic role which the stage fulfills. It creates the setting and atmosphere for the overall story. The background props and objects, the lighting and sound effects, all add to the performance and give the story more depth. The stage improves the story watching experience multifold.
All the props and background pieces to be used in a play must be custom made for it. It’s nearly impossible to find the right props ready made. They usually don’t fit in with the story and are far too generic. Even if you find ready-made props for common items like bushes, trees, and clouds, they probably won’t be very high-quality. As a result, you’ll only be able to use them a few times before being forced to discard them away. A much better option is to have the pieces custom made by someone who is skilled with working wood such as a carpenter. Wood should be chosen for making background pieces since it offers the perfect balance of sturdiness and ease of shaping. Carpenters are the best bet since they are likely to have all the efficient tools required for molding wood already at their disposal. For example, the woodworker’s table saws can quickly cut pieces of wood a lot faster than would be possible with a common hacksaw. Even cabinet saws do a fantastic job at shaping up the pieces. The cabinet saw is a piece of machinery which is complex in design, yet simple to use. It cuts pieces of wood after they are laid out flat on the surface of the table. Tools like these enable a carpenter to finish making the props faster than would have been possible otherwise and hence, get a set up prepared for play in a short amount of time.
Before you hire a woodworker to produce your props, you must know what you want. This itself can be a hard process if there isn’t anything mentioned in the play’s script. Subtle changes in the stage design can alter meanings and interpretations of a play or a musical to a great degree. This is why you should have an open discussion with the actors, playwright, and producer before finalizing anything.