Stage Set

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Stage Set

A representation consisting of the scenery and other properties used to identify the location of a dramatic production

Expand image Four photographs showing a different stage performance on each one.

Fanchon and Marco, Volume 1, H. W. Steward, Miles F. Weaver, Harry Wenger, ca. 1924– ca. 1928, photograph. Fanchon and Marco Collection of Photographs and Ephemera. The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens.

  • The four photographs show stage sets for variety performances that preceded the showing of feature films in the 1920s. Zoom in to the image here. A variety show contains different types of performances.
  • The upper left image has a patriotic theme; the upper right image represents a trip to Coney Island (New York); the lower left image shows a locomotive in the center of the stage; the lower right image shows a dancer in a clown costume. Which show would you have wanted to see?
  • These shows were known as “Ideas.” What would you title each one?


What is your favorite movie? Can you imagine a theatrical performance, or “Idea,” being performed before the movie is shown? What would the “Idea” be about? What type of sets would you need for the production? How would the “Idea” connect to the film?

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See more photographs of Fanchon and Marco’s “ideas