Flats, aka Scenery, Walls, Masking

Flats, aka Scenery, Walls, Masking for Theater What is a Flat? A stage flat for theater is a fake wall. Most scenic walls will need several flats to make a full wall. Scenic walls are comprised of several stage flats put together to make up the entire wall. When doors...

Flat Jig

This group of students are building several 6’x12′ flats. We’ve moved 3 4×8 foot tables together to allow us to create a huge jig to make sure the flats are true and square. As you can see, the corners are clamped down. The various pieces are measured and marked...

Periaktoi

What is a Periaktoi? A Periaktoi is an ancient scenic device still used for stage scene changes, often thought to be of Greek origin. It is a triangular unit with (3) equal sides. Each side can have a different scene painted on it. Using more than one Periaktoi* in a...

Dutchman Flat

As you can see, we have a terrible crack between these two flats. You can also see a piece of cloth hanging down. This is a piece of “Dutchman” that has been pulled away. Dutchman is applied to all the seams in a wall of flats to hide the seams. Dutchman...

Curved Flats

The Tower Tops for Once Upon A Mattress. Well, these aren’t really flats. But the method is the same. You will need to make a curved inner structure and then cover that with strips of wood forming ribs. This all will get covered with whatever covering you wish...

Doors & Windows

A set of sliding double doors. These are flats painted to look like panel doors. The sliding doors hang from a track that is mounted on a plywood “truss.” The rear view of the “trust.” The truss is held up via 4×4 lumber secured to the floor and braced. This rear view...