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Illustrated Theatre Production Guide by John Holloway

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CHAPTER 13

BUILDING STEPS

Actors can't get from one stage level to another without stairs. It is the rare stage setting that does not include them in some way, whether just one step up to a low platform or as a long set of backstage escape stairs. Stairs come in many different types that may be constructed to fit a particular need, but there are some properties held in common by all the various types.

There are three main parts to any set of stairs. The treads are what you step on when going up or down. Risers are the part of the unit that “rise” from one tread to another, and the carriages are the side pieces used to “carry” the weight of the entire unit. Steps vary greatly depending upon the type of materials used, steepness, whether they ...

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