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Hi all

 

a local group wants to put on a production of our house has anyone ever staged this on a small stage? has anyone got any ideas for scenery my stage is approx 20 ft square with 5 useable flying bars, and very little wing space.

 

any help would be greatly appreciated

mike

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Just finished doing Our House at the New Wolsey in Ipswich. I think that this one is going to be tough to do in a small space. For our production, on one side of the stage we had 2 walls of a house, one of which folded out to "enter" the house. On the other side we had some black fire escape style stairs leading up to a small balcony area which worked well for the just another day/jail scene. In the centre we has sliding doors which were large enough for us to wheel out the car we adapted for the stage. I might be able to upload a few pics of the set, but im on holiday at the mo and I'll have to get permission.
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We did our house the musical in february on a very small stage with tiny wings, and the rake was ridiculous. The only real set we had was two doors on wheels, we made up for the rest by just having a projection screen hanging above the actors heads midstage. To give the audience an idea of where the scene was set we showed a relative picture on the screen, so a dockyard, or a sign saying casey street (we photoshopped a proper london street sign). We then just used the doors, some of those office chairs that spin on wheels, a table on wheels, and a coffin. It made storage easy because most of it could go in the dressing rooms when not used, or would stack in the dock doorway. The coffin was on the stage all the time, just hided by the backcloth, the doors also stayed on all the times, we just turned them to the black side and pushed then against the backcloth when we wanted them to disappear. A word of advice would be if you put anything of wheels, make sure they have brakes, ours didnt and everything kept rolling down the stage. We ended up gaffa-taping spare extension leads across the stage to stop things moving about.
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