Now that it is fall, it’s time for a new stage design! (We change out our designs quarterly.) Our last stage design was very geometric because we used lanterns. This time we went with something that was a big contrast to the previous design: soft fabric swooshes.
The fabric was simple white spandex, hung in pairs. It was lit from above using Fresnel lights and from below using PAR cans. The gels were various shades of blue and pink.
We used cinder blocks to hold down the bottom. (Our new sandbags came in today — hooray! They will replace the cinder blocks.) The tops are tied to poles (we call them booms) using griff clips and black rope.
You would think this looks so easy. Not so. After experimenting, I discovered that some of the fabric needed to be tied at an angle at the ceiling for it to hang right. Then we had to keep moving it around the floor to make it drape right. Then Peter had to go up in the lift to adjust the lights on the fabric. Then he had to put all the lights together on the stands for the floor. Then we had to go and do all the lights in the house because they were aimed too high and washing out all the fabric.
In all this job took more than 10 people-hours. I guess that’s quick for a stage design, but it still took longer than I thought it would.
Even so, it’s a nice change of pace from our previous design.