How to Make a Stage Ground Plan

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How to Make a Stage Ground Plan
Stage ground plans work as a master plan to grips and stage to set up scenery and equipment. (NA/ Images)

A stage ground plan is scaled down map of a stage. It is drawn from an aerial view, directly above the stage area. The ground plan includes the dimensions of the stage, the location of scene elements, the size of scene elements, overhead construction, doors and their swing, the movement of scenic elements that are mobile, drapery locations and flying elements if there are any like cyclorama. All these elements are sized to a scale and drawn in.

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Things you need

  • measuring tape
  • ruler

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  1. 1

    Set up the stage for the scene. Place all elements being used, including scene pieces and flying elements.

  2. 2

    Measure and record the dimensions of all elements, the stage and the dimensions of the elements location on the stage. These measurements can be taken down in inches or feet, but keep it consistent.

  3. 3

    Decide on a scale for your drawing. For example five feet will be represented by one centimetre in your drawing. Convert your measurements to the scale.

  4. 4

    Draw your map. Using a ruler draw out the dimensions of the stage. Add in the scene elements, do not forget to measure make sure that you place the elements in the appropriate location.

  5. 5

    Draw the movement of elements using arrows. For items above the stage or flying elements use dashed lines when drawing them.

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