Stages can have many different sizes and layouts. “Thrust” stage; The stage extends into the viewing area; The audience surrounds the stage on three sides. Stages in Shakespeare’s time were thrust stages. “In the round” stage is surrounded by an audience on all sides. Proscenium stage: The playing area extends behind an opening called a “proscenium arch.” The audience sits on one side looking into the action. Scene design transforms a bare stage into the world of the play. Scene design consists of sets, lighting, costumes and props.