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Soft Scenery

by: Lydia Patchett

Soft Scenery TH 2200-01

Lydia Patchett
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This covers the basics of soft scenery (drops, and drapery).
David J. Castellano
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Lydia Patchett on Friday September 9, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to TH 2200-01 at Wright State University taught by David J. Castellano in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 7 views. For similar materials see Stagecraft in Theatre at Wright State University.


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Date Created: 09/09/16
Part III – Soft Scenery  Soft Masking o Leg (tormentor) o Full curtain o Boarder (teaser) o Nap – how the fabric lies  You want all of the weave of the fabric to lie in the same direction (in every piece)  If the nap is not going in the same direction, the light hits the fabric differently o Twill tape ties in a loop around webbing, and is sewn in  Cotton wave material  ¾” to 1” wide  Used instead of tie line o Curtain pocket – at the bottom of the soft o Clip the edge of the selvage to prevent puckers due to weight  Fray check/chek/chec – a fabric glue that you use where you use to prevent fraying  Drapery Mysteries Solved o Three common methods for adding fullness to draperies  Gather  Side pleat  Box pleat o The % of fullness indicates how reduced the fabric becomes  100% fullness indicates that the draperies will be reduced by ½ o A quick and certain way to equally distribute fabric on a prescribed place. Once figured it can be gathered or pleated  Folding Legs and Full Curtains o When folding legs, you put the bad side down o Then fold it in half once like a hot dog bun o Fold it in half the same way again o Then take it from the bottom and fold it up to the top o Repeat the last step until it will fit into the bin you are storing it in o Label every curtain on the end of the webbing. When folded, the information will automatically be on the outside of the bundle  Folding Borders o Going to the centerline, Fold each half in half 3x o After that, fold the two ends onto each other o For a border you will see CL marked out next to the tag as well  Drop Basics o Support lines should be 10’ to 12’ apart o A bridge can spread pull o For every foot you have in height, you have to taper the base in one inch  The counters the weight being put on the bottom of the drop  This stretched the bottom of the drop o Run seams horizontally. The weight will help hang out wrinkles and puckers o Great care must be used on side hem. Fabric will easily stretch on bias  Drop Tops o Staple the drop to the batten o 1x3 stock can be laminated with the drop sandwiched between. This makes a useful method of hanging a drop. Be sure to alternate joins in battens. Also pound over the outside edges with a router and the drop will roll up with fewer creases. The method drawn allows for better storage o A drop made with ties can quickly be put on or removed from a batten. It can be folded and stored in a box or bag until next use. The knot is a cow hitch (lesser version of a prussic hitch  Drop Bottoms o Laminate a 1x3 batten. Round edges. A raised batten will allow the drop to sit on the floor and prevent light leaks. o A chain pocket is good for folding drops and touring  When using chains, sew it into the pocket occasionally o If the drop will never be flown out, you can clamp the drop to the floor o A pipe pocket is best for long drops o Second pockets are used to help with light leaks and allows the drop to “sit” on the floor  Tripping drops o Not everyone has a fly system o A sleeve or pocket is sewn to the back of the drop, and gaps allow the trip line to attach to the batten of wood or pipe o This helps bring a drop out of view when there is not enough space above the stage  Roll Drops o The soft good is tied to a permanent position where it hangs o There is a pipe at the bottom of the piece that will coil and uncoil with the drop attached to roll the drop into the ceiling o The rope wraps from the back to the front of the tube o The drop wraps from the front to the back  Scenic netting o A one-inch cotton net available from theatrical supply houses, should be dyed to match background behind cut drop before using. Stretch tightly over cut drop with netting grid parallel and perpendicular to top of drop. Weights will hold it in place where it is glued with an electric glue gun or flexible glue.


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