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Old November 29 2012, 03:31 PM   #64
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Re: TOS's largest one time prop.

Yes, you can build a set on location, but that doesn't mean that anything built on location is automatically a set. A set is a setting -- a place within which the performances and action take place. It's the stage, essentially. The obelisk was at most a component of the "set" that also included the lakeside area, the trees, etc. (by the definition you quote above).

Okay, I did a little more digging, and I've found the answer. I was wondering if "set piece" could be the right term, but I didn't think that was the correct use since I'm more familiar with it in other senses. But the dictionary says:

Theater . a piece of scenery used as part of a stage set, as a profile or three-dimensional construction built to stand independently on the stage floor
So that's our answer. If the location qualified as a set, then the obelisk was a set piece.
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