[SML] Swapping Grand and Midstage Curtain

Barney Simon barney at jchansen.com
Tue Feb 26 12:39:50 UTC 2019

Richard and Matthew have the routine exactly right.  Chaining off the arbor is imperative.

I think that while the lift might seem to be useful, it might just be a red herring.

Barney Simon
JC Hansen Co., Inc.
Drapes, Drops, and Dance Floors
629 Grove Street Ste 26, Jersey City NJ 07086
201-222-1677 fax 201-222-1699

From: Stagecraft <stagecraft-bounces at theatrical.net> On Behalf Of Mark S. Eccleston via Stagecraft
Sent: Monday, February 25, 2019 5:39 PM
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Subject: [SML] Swapping Grand and Midstage Curtain

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?


Mark S. Eccleston
Huntsville, AL
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