File puptcrit/puptcrit.0904, message 139

Date: Sat, 11 Apr 2009 08:19:24 -0400
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Professional Puppet Stage Plans

Seattle  Puppetory Theatre had a fabulous aluminum stage constructed
of roughly 30" X 40" rectangles of 3/4' square aircraft aluminum
stock.  The corners were welded which is very tricky.  Then the pieces
were hinged in various ways so that the collapsed neatly into two
perfect stacks which then fit snuggly into two canvas cases.  The
aluminum rectangles create box hollow box structure within the canvas
cases and the puppets are stored in the hollow space within.  The two
sections of staging unfold to create a two person hand theater.  It
was without a doubt the most practical multifunctional stage
arrangement I have ever seen.  The geometry of the stage I could
recreate but the problem is the welding is very specialized and I'm
sure the aluminum expensive.  It was flat out brilliant.  The show
"Return of the Bounce" was a UNIMA citation winner  as well and was
charming as all get out.  Joan King and Jean Mattson were the
puppeteers and one of their husbands, an e- Boeing engineer if I
remember correctly (which I am notorious for not) built and designed
the stage.

On Sat, Apr 11, 2009 at 1:42 AM, The Independent Eye
<> wrote:
>>Some people use pvc pipe. =A0I've never found that durable enough for my
>>purposes, but I use something similar - 1/2 inch black pipe. =A0It's very
>>strong and inexpensive. =A0I can describe it further if you like.
> We use 1" square aluminum tubing, bolted together. =A0Inexpensive,
> strong and very light. =A0Our 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. =A0 Supports not only the curtains but
> a projection screen and about 20 lighting instruments (ranging from
> birdies & inkies to 500w fresnels). =A0We 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. =A0You need to
> drill the bolt holes very accurately with a drill press and mark them
> carefully so they line up properly. =A0We checked out various kinds of
> connectors but none suited the purpose.
> Cheers-
> Conrad B.
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