Chapter 3

Preproduction and Planning

It all begins with the script . For props, the script defines the world of the play establishing the setting, the characters, and the action. Reading the script or analyzing the score, in the case of a musical or opera, is the first entry into what the props will be for the production.

The first read of the script should be for basic understandings of the story, i.e., who are the characters and what is happening in the play. This read is critical to having a framework of understanding for the flow of action in the script and a summary of the plot and characters.

On the second and third read through, finding the details becomes more important. Where is the play set? (city, building, specific room, country). ...

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