What is scenario?

  • (noun): A setting for a work of art or literature.
    Example: "The scenario is France during the Reign of Terror"
    See also — Additional definitions below


A scenario (from Italian: that which is pinned to the scenery originating from the Greek word skēnē σκηνή) is a synoptical collage of an event or series of actions and events. In the Commedia dell'arte it was an outline of entrances, exits, and action describing the plot of a play that was literally pinned to the back of the scenery. It is also known as canovaccio or "that which is pinned to the canvas" of which the scenery was constructed.

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Some articles on scenario:

Center For Asymmetric Warfare - CAW Capabilities
... requirements and development of the Exercise Master Scenario Events List (MSEL) ... This leads to the development of complex but realistic scenario-based challenges that meet the goals and objectives of the participating agencies ... exercise, and facilitating participating agencies' responses to the scenario events for capturing lessons learned and best practices ...
List Of Compositions By Darius Milhaud - Ballets
... et son désir, Op.48 (1918), for four wordless singers, solo wind, percussion and strings scenario by Paul Claudel Le bœuf sur le toit, Op.58 (1919) scenario by Jean Cocteau Les mariés de la tour Eiffel ... Flament), Op.83 (1924) ballet chanté in 2 acts scenario by Albert Flament Le train bleu, Op.84 (1924) opérette dansée scenario by Jean Cocteau L'éventail de Jeanne Polka only ... pleyela (player piano) and orchestra after music of Schubert and Liszt 1 act scenario by Alexandre Benois Les songes, Op.124 (1933) scenario by Andr ...
Scenario - Other Uses
... The term "scenario" is also used for an account or synopsis of a projected course of action, events or situations ... Scenario development is used in policy planning, organizational development and generally, when organizations wish to test strategies against uncertain future developments ... Scenarios are widely used by organizations of all types to understand different ways that future events might unfold ...
Lord Of The Rings Adventure Game - History
... entry was a boxed set (ICE #LR0) containing the scenario "Dawn Comes Early", plus Guidelines, maps, character bios, and cardboard characters with stands ... The next was the scenario book "Darker Than the Darkness" (ICE #LR1) and then the scenario book "Over the Misty Mountains Cold" (ICE #LR2) ... Two more scenario books in the series were planned but never published ...

More definitions of "scenario":

  • (noun): An outline or synopsis of a play (or, by extension, of a literary work).
  • (noun): A postulated sequence of possible events.
    Example: "Planners developed several scenarios in case of an attack"

Famous quotes containing the word scenario:

    This is the essential distinction—even opposition—between the painting and the film: the painting is composed subjectively, the film objectively. However highly we rate the function of the scenario writer—in actual practice it is rated very low—we must recognize that the film is not transposed directly and freely from the mind by means of a docile medium like paint, but must be cut piece-meal out of the lumbering material of the actual visible world.
    Sir Herbert Read (1893–1968)