Seen here:
Cable cutters;Part of a shackle; A loop of cable ;A Thimble

This railing was raised and lowered on cue. I have to say it was very cool to watch. rail7

 Several "cases" were screwed to the edge of the stage. Inserted into each was the railing post. The railing itself is made up of seperate 2x3's screwed down to the top of the posts. The first attempt to attach the rails were too stiff. This proved problematic. So, we changed the fastener to a simple screw. 

Take a look at the photo on the right. You'll see a crew member pulling on the strings. For the show, the stagehand was behind the curtain.


Jenna is upside-down. Yup, the scene requires her character to be lowered by her ankles and pock her head through a porthole. We don't see her ankles, or the person "holding" her. So, we had to devise a way to lower her upside-down.


The final scene in Once Upon a Mattress calls for the Princess to climb up on a table and then for the table to magically turn into the bed.

To see a larger, more detailed and less blurry version of the board, click on it...
And this is how it looked on stage from behind.

This is what it looked like in action. The scene involved these two actors having a discussion while hanging up laundry. So, the clothesline had to appear and disappear with ease. When you pull on a lever, the lever would pull on a cable that pulls the arm up and into place.


After Elias Howe invented the first American-Patented sewing machine (in 1846) and Isaac Singer built the first commercially successful sewing machine (in the 1850s), the time-consuming and laborious task of sewing garments became faster and easier. High quality clothing could be produced quickly and at minimal expense. Therefore, the first machines were used in garment factories and were a key element of the industrial revolution.

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