Workers unite (to take down the set!)

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When you remove something from the stage, you “strike” it. You can strike an individual prop or scenic element. Or even a piece of a costume. Imagine a dress with a jacket that constricts an actress’s movements. The designer might strike the jacket and replace it with a wrap.

Typically during rehearsals and previews, the production team makes many changes and adjustments. The director and his team will strike design elements when they don’t work out as expected.

A strike can also be part of the show’s normal running procedure. For example, a scenic element might be struck every night during intermission, so that it is gone in Act II. But only if that’s what the story of the play calls for.

And then, at the end the run, the production team will strike the entire set in order to make room for the theatre’s next show.

–Ben Pesener

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