Candide Gets Automated with Stage Technologies

by Stage Directions

LONDON – English National Opera has added automated scenic effects to its new production, Candide, using a Stage Technologies rental system. Candide is a co-production with the Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris, and Teatro alla Scala, Milan, and is now at the London Coliseum for a limited season. 

Stage Technologies worked with English National Opera in 2003 to install a permanent, emergency stop infrastructure into the entire stage house. The design allows equipment required for temporary productions or permanent additional control to be connected into the house system with ease.

This offers huge advantages for venues when a new production has special requirements over and above the automation capability already installed. ENO's staging of Candide uses four BigTow rental winches, installed into the Coliseum's grid to automate a large scenic cloth and a scenic piece showing the balustrade of the Titanic.

MaxisMX control equipment, rented for this production only, was interfaced with the ENO's permanent system on the fly floor, so that the winches could be operated from the venues existing Nomad control desk.    
Richard Willcox, Stage Technologies' Rental Services project manager, commented: "It is so quick and easy to add additional axes to a venue's automation system with our rental equipment. When a new show is being installed, winches can be put in place and the control desk programmed within a matter of hours; with minimal disturbance to the production's rehearsal schedule. The system for Candide was installed, commissioned and tested by the rental department during two over-night sessions, also offering support to ENO's operators during the technical rehearsals.

When the show has finished and the equipment is no longer needed, it can be simply returned to Stage Technologies, leaving the venue with no long term financial or maintenance commitments."


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