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Scenic Art for the Theatre, 3rd Edition by Peter Beudert, Susan Crabtree

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CHAPTER 8

PREPARING HARDSCENERY FOR PAINTING

 

 

 

 

If a scenic unit is not a piece of soft goods, it is hard scenery. Structural elements such as flattage, platforms, sculptural items, metallic frames, and plastics fall under this umbrella term. Hard scenery, like soft goods, requires considerable preparation, and a primer coat is absolutely essential for most items. It is very rare that any material is seen on stage in its raw form without at least a sealant and flame retardant. The materials that constitute hard scenery are as various as can be imagined. However, milled lumber, plywood, composite boards, plastics, plastic foams, aluminum, and steel probably make up 95 percent of hard scenery today. Hard scenery is frequently given ...

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