This group of students are building several 6'x12' flats. We've moved 3 4x8 foot tables together to allow us to create a huge jig to make sure the flats are true and square. As you can see, the corners are clamped down. The various pieces are measured and marked before gluing.

We will be covering this flat with white scrim. Yup, we want the audience to see through it.
 Here's the finished project. Click on the photo for a larger image; see the page Mame for more photos.  xx6.jpg

The Sky Line of New York from the 1930's was the backing for our production, "Two Gentlemen." It had nine strings of Christmas lights attached to its back with almost all of those little light bulbs sticking through small holes. Each string had 100 bulbs. That's almost nine hundred!!!

The Sky Line was made using 1/4" Luan ply & 1"x3" furring strips laid flat. First we "gridded" the designer's drawing onto the plywood. The designer's front elevation was drawn in 1" scale. So, for every inch on paper, we needed to increase the size to 1 foot on the plywood. Please refer to the page about griding and the one on scale if you need more info.

As you can see, we have a terrible crack between these two flats. You can also see a piece of cloth hanging down. This is a piece of "Dutchman" that has been pulled away. Dutchman is applied to all the seams in a wall of flats to hide the seams. pp1.jpg

A Periaktoi is an ancient device, often thought to be of Greek origin, that is still used for stage scene changes. It is usually a triangular unit with (3) equal sides. Each side can have a different scene painted on it. When using more then one* Periaktoi in a row, it can look like a solid wall. When all the units are rotated to the second or third side, it reveals another scene. One of the most well known shows to currently use Periaktoi is "A Chorus Line."

*Periaktoi is actually a plural term.

Muslin is a cloth used for numerous things in tech theater. It comes in several widths for all sorts of uses.

Covering Flats.
Covering Platforming.
Covering Trees.
Covering Actors, (costumes.)
Making props.

And much more.

Hint for cutting: Muslin tears in straight lines either across the width, or along the length. Simply make a small cut and then tear the cloth. I tend to make that small cut with my teeth. Just a small tear. Sort of like tearing gaffer's tape.For more info about Muslin, and other theater cloth used in theater, check out the RoseBrand website. RoseBrand is a major supplier of fabrics and painting supplies in New York.


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