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Working with rigging a theatre stage can be a bit scary and it doesn’t matter if it’s for a high school production or a community theatre one. Rigging the theatre stage for anyone who’s never done it before can feel a bit intimidated by the job. Here’s some basic information on what you should know when rigging a theatre stage.
It’s a daunting task, but learning all the terms is going to help you in the long run. The word rigging started in the 17th-century from sailors who attached ropes to pin rails.
Think about the structure of the stage. Suspended on battens will be the scenery, the lighting and the drapes. Battens are like sails in that it’s a long pole that’s going to hold these things.
The loft is the stage area that is above it. It has to have enough support to hold all the scenery and draperies as they’re constantly being pulled up and down. Many of these lofts have somewhat of a catwalk that was constructed on the I-beams that will hold the rigging equipment.
Decide if you want to flow only a couple of drapes. To make things easier you’re going to want to set your flats as opposed to using it with cyclorama, special effects and scrim. The rigging could be a little more complex if the show has multiple scenes that are going to be amazing.
Rigging a theatre stage might seem like a scary task, but one you learn all the information it won’t be so scary anymore. Don’t worry if you get a little flustered, just learn from any mistakes and try your best to help make things go a little more smoothly.