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  • 1.  Little Women the musical

    Posted 10-19-2021 05:16

    Hey all … we are doing Little Women the musical this fall and we are struggling with the kite effect at the beach. We have a decent sized auditorium and stage space but no fly space or cat walk. Just wondering if anyone has come up with a clever low cost way of making it work. 

    Thanks !!

    Toni Thomas
    English Teacher, Theatre Director
    Ogemaw Heights High School

  • 2.  RE: Little Women the musical

    Posted 10-20-2021 06:07
    We used a cane pole offstage with a combination of fishing string and kite string to keep kite aloft and simulate dipping and side to side movement. The onstage actor ran a bit and the offstage operator held pole aloft and another tech pulled on fishing string to get it to fly, holding it taut to keep it aloft. The pole was hidden by wing curtain and worked well.
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  • 3.  RE: Little Women the musical

    Posted 10-20-2021 08:01
    When we did "The Kite" in CHARLIE BROWN, we stretched some cable above the stage from offstage to almost center stage and attached a cord to it (with a hook) with the tail of the kite. The actor was able to pull "the kite" out, but the audience only saw the cord and the worked and got applause every performance. Good luck!

    Garry Tiller
    Theatre Arts Teaching Artist
    Sidwell Friends
    Washington, DC