Building A Theatre Set

Written by Patricia Skinner
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In the old days, building a theatre set was often an expensive business. Not unusually, traditional building materials were actually used such as wood and fiberglass. Sometimes it would even be that if, say a boulder or tree were called for, the set designer might decide that it was most cost effective to use a real one. This could pose serious problems for the crew.

Theatre sets were heavy and time consuming to build, and very difficult to carry about during scene changes. Often literally dozens of people were employed for carrying things around and changing scenes between acts. Now, there is polyurethane foam. It has pretty much revolutionized the art of building theatre sets. This one material is so versatile there's very little that can't be done with it. It's so cheap that it has drastically reduced the cost of creating sets too.

Speedy Theatre Sets

Polyurethane foam is so versatile that it can create virtually any effect required. To begin with, it is super fast to shape and set. Then, it can take on the visual properties of a wide range of natural items such as trees, grass, boulders, and of course it can be made in to other kinds of props such as machinery, furniture and much more. Even animals can be made out of polyurethane foam. What's more, theatre scenery will be impact resistant when it's made from foam so that even if it's dropped, it will usually be just fine.

Perhaps the best part about constructing a theatre set from polyurethane foam, however, is the fact that it is so light to move around. You could almost get by with only a one man crew for changing scenes. Yet another way that polyurethane foam will save large sums of money for theatre productions.


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