This chapter talks about two different kinds of motion: moving a prop around stage, and building a prop with moving parts. First we will look at moving a prop around stage, whether that means pushing it on, tracking it across, or flying it in.

Moving on and off Stage

One of the most common tasks for a props department is adding casters or glides to furniture and large props so they can be moved quickly during scene changes. In a director’s ideal world, a chair will slide onto the stage effortlessly and quietly, and then stay perfectly still during the scene. Despite decades of research and development, we still do not have the perfect solution for this. You will need to compromise and accept one or more of these realities: seeing ...

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