The Show Must Go On …

Posted October 10th, 2010 by wonko

…Sci Prime Science Mountain needed a presentation/conference centre.

Theater Entrance

Theater Entrance

Given it was a yukky weekend, I decided time was right to make it: enter The Double-Helix Theater.

Auditorium from stage

Auditorium from stage

…so there is this big underground cavern, right? Well, now it dips below the existing floor level (some 8m or so) with raked seating (had to leave enough room to sit and have legs dangle) and stairways up/down strategically located. The stage is a full size stage, with wings, flies and a cyclorama

Stage, proscenium, wings, flys, cyclorama

Stage, proscenium, wings, flys, cyclorama

Like all large venues I also have large screens to display stuff, will see if I can get a camera to feed to it so the audience can see 3 separate views of the stage action.

Waiting nervously in the wings

Waiting nervously in the wings

After talking with Caff, I got a picture of a proposed (fait accompli?) development at her asylum that would be useful as a theater space (only to learn that them knobbled it through poor decision making long before someone who knew what they wanted got involved) – this is a vision of what that space could have been.

I added a lighting grid (well, actually just one bar), attached some coloured spotlights to it and focussed them on stage:

Lighting Grid and Lectern

Lighting Grid and Lectern

A few hidden objects as light sources, and presto – a stage space created, a star is born. The sight lines here are actually not too bad – so long as punters sit in designated seats, then action on stage is visible in a controlled way:

Seats, house lights go down ...

Seats, house lights go down ...

I made a squashed spherical seat cushion, positioned them to face the stage and turned them into immobile movers (remember the trick to making seats) so every seat in the house is a good one. We now have a conference venue, large space for guest speakers, dance hall … whatever.

There is plenty of floor space for static displays and a suitably flexible stage for virtual dramas – fairly happy with it all up – nice when a vision in your head matches the final product almost exactly – I hope that is because I am getting better at making things, and not that I dumb down my ideas to suit the tools I know how to use.

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