One of the cool things about working in a black box theatre is the flexibility of onstage and offstage space. Backstage space is needed for entrances/exits, scenery and props storage and, for the musical, a pit! Our set designer Raidizon has decided to use curtains to create backstage areas. Through the use of 8 curtains that he worked into his set design, he was able to create spaces on stage that are not visible from an audience seat.
In these pictures you get to see what hanging curtains is like in our space. Two people are on the ground and two others stand on our 18-foot-high tension wire grid. On the grid there are cleats with ropes wrapped around them. The groups on the ground and in the grid determine where to drop ropes from the ceiling, then the ground group ties the rope to a pipe that will be used as a curtain rod. They then tie the curtains to those pipes, and the grid group raises the apparatus until the bottom of the curtain is just above the ground. Ropes secure the curtains to the cleats, and the curtain is now hung!