set piece

an arrangement of slow-burning fireworks forming a design or composition when lighted.
Theater. a piece of scenery used as part of a stage set, as a profile or three-dimensional construction built to stand independently on the stage floor: A few set pieces simulating rocks and a fence constituted the scenery for the first act.
a work of art, literature, music, etc., having a prescribed thematic and formal structure: the set pieces of Restoration comedy.
a scene, action, or the like, having a conventional form and functioning as part of the structure of a work of art, literature, etc.
a military operation carried out according to a rigid plan.
(in a novel, narrative poem, or the like) a passage more or less extraneous to the sequence of events, introduced to supply background, color, or the like.

1840–50 Unabridged
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set piece
1.  a work of literature, music, etc, often having a conventional or prescribed theme, intended to create an impressive effect
2.  a piece of scenery built to stand independently as part of a stage set
3.  a display of fireworks
4.  sport a rehearsed team manoeuvre, usually attempted in continuous games at a restart of play, esp when the other side has been penalized for improper play

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Example sentences
On screen, however, the play's final splashy set piece seems neither
  spontaneous nor uproarious.
In the jewelry-store job that is the opening set piece, his image is captured
  by a security camera.
In a set piece at the entrance, two skeletons greet one another.
One set piece follows howling on the heels of another, slowly draining all
  lifeblood from the claims of narrative logic.
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