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Theater Planning by Gene Leitermann

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Chapter 11Other Stage Forms

Thrust, arena, and open stages sit within the audience chamber and are not separated by a proscenium wall. They are primarily, but not exclusively, used for drama. Many of the considerations outlined in the previous two chapters will also apply to these stage forms. Here, we’ll discuss design considerations unique to these types of stages. We’ll also discuss the design of recital hall and concert hall platforms, which also sit within the audience chamber. And finally, we’ll examine the approaches to adapting proscenium theaters to serve as concert halls.

Other Stage Forms

Thrust Stage

A thrust stage extends into the auditorium and is surrounded by audience on three sides.

Degree of Encirclement

The distance the ...

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