Nutcracker Load In Notes from Dan 2017
Saturday evening, 6 pm, warehouse — Truck Load
Sunday morning, 8:30 am, Wa Center – Load In
- All Soft Goods off the truck to start with.
- After unload, Cliff makes a second run with the truck to procure the really big drops.
- Marko started assembling hard units down stage.
- The rest of us started hanging Soft Goods US – beginning around Lineset 19 or 20
- Soft Gooders moved US, continuing to hang their stuff.
- Marko’s Hard Unit team proceeded US, following the Soft Gooders.
- Soft Good personnel left their posts temporarily, as needed, to assist getting Hard Units into the air.
- The Genie was needed on the Mainstage — to toss “pull” or “control” lines over the battens that carry the Hard Units (This slowed down the setting up of the Black Box – not having Genie available for hanging drapes)
- After Hard Units were mounted, Soft Gooders moved DS and continued their work – Proscenium, Kabuki, etc. NOTE: Some elements of the Proscenium need to be “Drop Hung” — we really should fix this issue! (Note from Jill: Sorry, we can not fix the issue unless we repaint the drops, they shrank differently, so one side is 6″ shorter then the other. The drop hang lines should now be knotted and should make it easy to tie on to the right length. If they are not, we should take the time to do that this year.)
- I do have notes regarding the cabling for the controller for the Kabuki
While all of this is going on:
- Ballet Bars, Sleigh, Chandelier, Throne, Mother G, and other items are being loaded in and stowed out of the way In the alley or in the Black Box.
- And, assembly of the “Hallway Unit” with the swinging pendulum thingy
- Last of all was the mounting of the Chandelier and the Snow Troughs – I do have notes on the pick points for the Chandelier!
And then, it was time to lay Marley!
If we start around 8 am, we might be ready to start Marley by around 2 or 2:30 —— Maybe I am being optimistic
Set Dressings — I will be available for this but probably could benefit from help from Marko or Steve.
And, there might be some repairs to be done to drops — fabric or netting — remains to be seen
It’s all a work in progress, yes?
Nutcracker Load In Notes from Jill 2017
Load in Notes:
- The first set of hard legs need to be angled towards center to fit on stage.
- The wooden sawhorses, the ones with the longer notches are in the middle, they have a notch to fit the stiffener that is in the middle of the flat.
- Rig blackout curtains on walls before flying!! It doesn’t take long and will save hours on Monday.
- Don’t forget to check all the rigging lines to make sure they are rigged properly and not caught up as rigging flys.
- The hallway has a Par light rigged on top for the shadow for the clock. It has some unique crossbracing that has some old holes that don’t fit. The clock has a pendulum that is rigged with wire, so it can swing when the clock chimes.
- The bottom of the tree can be stored on the wagon after the big transition.
- Hang 2 pictures in the hallway with mechanical wire. New mechanical wire will be needed each year.
- The portraits are screwed onto the front 2 wall flats.
- The garlands are all wired onto the house walls, the hanging eye hooks are probably still in place, but might need to be replaced.
- Fluff all the decorations and check all the Christmas lights on the tree. There are some old sets that stopped working, but we left them in place. Just make sure the lights all look relatively evenly distributed if there is a burned out set.
When striking the snow bags, remove the control strings, and leave them attached to the pipe, but not kept running through all the pullies so it doesn’t get bunched up. Leave the pullies tied to the tieline on the drop where it gets rigged to the batten so their positions are kept in tact.
For the blackout curtains, put all the tieline and plastic curtain rings each in their own marked ziplock bag to keep hardware for each piece together.