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The idea of props refers to a useful group . The tools, on the other hand, are the Utensils , the instruments waves tools that have some kind of utility (that is, they serve an end).

It is called props, in this way, the elements that are used in the TV , he movie theater and the theater for complement a staging . The props, the costumes and the scenery allow a representation to be developed before the public.

For example: “I liked the work, although the prop seemed a bit poor”, “We will have to invest money in the props”, “All the elements of the props are manufactured in the theater workshop”.

A cup, a bottle, an umbrella, a mirror, a television and a suitcase can be part of the props. The importance of these objects depends on each work : in some cases, they are barely part of the set, while in others they are key to the development of the story.

A mirror can be placed on a wall without the characters paying attention to it. But it can also become essential for the plot if a character observes through him that someone approaches with the intention of attacking him, giving rise to a fight scene.

It is important to note that the scripts do not usually require a specific type of props, despite mentioning and describing various elements of the scenes. This opens the doors to a great variety according to the person in charge of the address , since each one can contribute his own vision of history. Although there are certain limiting elements in the works, such as the time and the contemporary with certain real historical facts, the directors usually take as many licenses as they can when taking their work to the stage or to the big screen.

This is very often seen in opera, especially since the end of the last century. Faced with the decline in popularity of certain operas that had been represented hundreds of times, such as the well-known "The Barber of Seville", "La Traviata" and "Lucia from Lammermoor", Some régisseurs (The people who are responsible for making decisions related to the image of the staging, among other fundamental aspects) began to opt for environments that seemed to have little in common with the text, and this divided the public into two well-marked groups .

Although in some cases the differences between the props traditionally used for a work and the one that a revolutionary director chooses to give him new life are not so drastic, sometimes the discontent of the audience focuses on a question of "taste": changing the kind of clothing and the characteristics of furniture and firearms is one thing, but very often it is an attempt against aesthetics, by presenting stagings that lack color, depth or harmony .

It is possible to distinguish between the following three types of props:

* emphatic : in this group there is everything that is indispensable for the plot and for its understanding by the public . For example, the dagger with which one character murders another;

* hand or character : these are all the objects that the actors must manipulate, such as a book, a cane or a glass of water;

* of scene : the elements that remain on the stage throughout an entire scene, or the entire representation. For example, a window or a lamp.

In the field of sports , it is known as props to the set of elements that players use in the competitions and the training : t-shirts, booties, balls (balls), etc. Who takes care of and manage these elements is the props of each team.

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