[SML] Swapping Grand and Midstage Curtain

Richard Niederberg ladesigners at gmail.com
Mon Feb 25 23:30:22 UTC 2019

Dear Mark,
For a start, put down protective CLEAN Butcher Paper or cloth on the deck
to protect the curtains. Sweeping may be insufficient.
Bring in both curtains to the deck and chain off the arbors securely at the
top of their runs to  prevent runaway arbors..
Swap out one side of each set at a time [SL or SR] so each arbor will be
only one half out of balance at any one time.
Do the Teasers and Tormentors separately, if required.
When the job is done, remove chains and roll up the butcher paper so you
can reverse the process after the run.
Have a pleasant day!

On Mon, Feb 25, 2019 at 2:38 PM Mark S. Eccleston via Stagecraft <
stagecraft at theatrical.net> wrote:

> For our next show, Newsies, we want to have a black grand curtain and
> border instead of the current burgundy ones that are normally used.  We
> have a black midstage draw curtain and border that we plan to swap it
> with.  The midstage position will not be used during the show and can be
> flown up out of view.  The midstage is approximately 10 foot upstage of the
> grand. The curtains are approximately 25 foot high and are wider than the
> 56 foot wide proscenium.
> We have a single purchase counterweight system and both of the curtains
> weigh approximately the same amount.  For background purposes, I have been
> working in the venue for over 10 years and have flown a lot of scenery, but
> this is the first time I would like to swap the curtains (NOT the curtain
> tracks).  I have moved legs and borders before, but none of them weigh as
> much as these curtains. We have rope we can use for a bull line, we have
> one rope wrench, and a 24 foot scissor lift available.
> The question I have is:  What procedure would you use to safely swap the
> curtains?
> Thanks!
> Mark S. Eccleston
> Huntsville, AL
> 256-694-8575
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/s/ Richard
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