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Most theatrical productions have some type of scenery—walls, arches, painted backdrops, and other background forms. The visual surroundings on stage that represent the setting of the play are called the set. This photo shows the set for the Lexington Children’s Theatre production of There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom.

(FYI: The Greek playwright Sophocles is believed to have been one of the first to use “scene painting” as stage decoration. Almost 2,000 years later, in the 1600s in Renaissance Italy, elaborate stage sets were designed and built and became almost as important to audiences as the actors themselves.)

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