File puptcrit/puptcrit.0904, message 137

Date: Fri, 10 Apr 2009 22:42:55 -0700
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Professional Puppet Stage Plans

>Some people use pvc pipe.  I've never found that durable enough for my
>purposes, but I use something similar - 1/2 inch black pipe.  It's very
>strong and inexpensive.  I can describe it further if you like.

We use 1" square aluminum tubing, bolted together.  Inexpensive, 
strong and very light.  Our stage is 10 ft x 8 ft. x 8 ft., with 
various extensions for masking & lighting - we'll be adding further 
side extensions for THE TEMPEST.   Supports not only the curtains but 
a projection screen and about 20 lighting instruments (ranging from 
birdies & inkies to 500w fresnels).  We had a similar one with PVC 
pipe, but not as sturdy, and given the problem of twisting the pipe 
into the elbows, took a bit longer to set up and strike.  You need to 
drill the bolt holes very accurately with a drill press and mark them 
carefully so they line up properly.  We checked out various kinds of 
connectors but none suited the purpose.


Conrad B.

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