STAGING: Portable Stages Evolve

Rapid Technical Advances Give Productions More Options Than Ever Before

Staging and portable platforms have been around since the invention of the wheel. In Hellenistic times, a raised stage was known as a “proskeniontogeion,” and was made of wood or stone. Today, it is typically constructed of extruded aluminum or steel with a composite or high-quality plywood deck.

As recently as 50 years ago, staging was built of steel ledgers and sheets of plywood. While the basic 4

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