Tuesday, June 7, 2011

UPDATE: Auditorium Fly System Renovation, June 7, 2011

The WHS Auditorium was closed to all activity starting Monday, June 6th, at 8:00 to allow contractors to begin the demolition phase of the fly system renovation. So, as if on perfect cue ...

Image credit: Lammers, B. "Naked Flyspace" 6/6/2011
This is what our current fly system looks like, as of 4:00 PM, Monday, June 6th. Only three electric battens are left (and if it weren't for the cables that don't quite allow it to go all the way to the floor, they would be down as well), every shred of dry-rotted, filthy, tired black curtain is gone, as well as the upstage cyclorama drop. The main curtain was pulled last week, with the intention of getting it re-treated for flame retardancy. This photo, taken from the vantage point of the scene shop, also gives those with a certain fear of heights a clear shot of the loading gallery catwalk - a cool 32 feet above the stage deck. The pull lines had not been pulled when this photo was taken. The workers will be spending a good deal of time up on the grid, so if you the fire windows open atop the auditorium as you pass by the school, it's because it's about 15-20 degrees warmer up there on any given day. (I didn't ask their opinion of how it was to work on the first really hot day of the year, but some things just don't need to be asked.)

I'll continue to post photos and any commentary on the install. When the equipment begins to show up, we'll post information on what it is and what it does.

Hope the summer has stated well for everyone!

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