Olio Drop or Oleo Drop, a roll drop for theater

What is an Olio Drop? An Olio Drop (also spelled Oleo) is a scenic device to unroll a backdrop for theatrical plays or musicals. A traditional olio drop is a form of roll drop with the tube at the bottom. Some use the term “roll drop” interchangeably with...

Fly System

We’re taking out some of the slack in our fly lines. The problem is that the pipes stop about 6 feet before the height of the ceiling. This cuts down significantly the height of our drops and scenery. This is where we’re performing our surgery. We’re removing...

Cable

Seen here: Cable cutters;Part of a shackle; A loop of cable ;A Thimble The thimble is inserted into the loop to prevent kinking the cable. Any kinks in cable can lead to excessive wear and tear, thus allowing the cable to break. This is the business end of a...

Curtains and Drapes

Curtains are hung in either of a few ways. Flat or full are the most popular. Flat is simply hanging the cloth stretched across the pipe. Pulled tight it looks like a sheet on a clothes line. Curtains hung “full” have a much, well, fuller look. Instead of stretching...

Clothesline

This is how it looked on stage from behind. This is what it looked like in action. The scene involved these two actors having a discussion while hanging up laundry. So, the clothesline had to appear and disappear with ease. When you pull on a lever, the lever will...

Runaway

As you can see, an OOPS happened. While unloading several costumes from a pipe that was used for temporary storage, the supervisor wasn’t paying attention and allowed too many costumes to be removed. The arbor started to creep. By that time it was too late. Up went...