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.

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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.

What does it take to be a rigger? Attention to SAFETY! Most Rigging involves hanging things over other people. If something goes wrong, somebody can get hurt. Not good.

Riggers need to know the proper methods of securing items like cable, aka wire rope, to other objects without the possibility of slipping. Remember this, your rigging is only as strong as the weakest link. In other words, if you use cable that can hold a thousand pounds and a piece of chain that is rated for 500 pounds, then the whole thing can only hold 500 pounds.

There is so much about rigging that could get us in trouble, it would be irresponsible of me to skim over it. So, until we have enough material here to  give you a full picture, I recommend visiting these sites... 

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