Dress­ing rooms

All About History - - PERFORMING ARTS -

Af­ter a sep­a­rate stage was built for the ac­tors, it was not long un­til a back­drop was added. Known as a skene (ori­gin of the word ‘scene’), the front was painted to re­sem­ble a palace or tem­ple with a cen­tral door­way that char­ac­ters could use to make a grand en­trance. The rear of the skene dou­bled as a dress­ing room, where ac­tors could change their masks and cos­tumes.

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