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Stage Technologies Automates Elf
UK – Stage Technologies have provided the automation for London’s newest smash hit musical Elf.
The cleverly engineered stage show and heart-warming winter tale is currently sprinkling a huge helping of festive cheer over the west end and features extensive automation throughout.
Stage Technologies have supplied winches for four four automated floor tracks which are used throughout the show to track on and off, a huge variety of trucks, furniture and props for every scene in the show. The production also incorporates the 200m2 steel show deck and track system designed and built by Delstar Engineering for the initial run in 2014-2015.
For the show’s run at the Dominion Theatre, Stage Technologies was tasked with creating a much more complex series of automation effects than had been used previously at the Theatre Royal Plymouth and Bord Gais Theatre in Dublin.
Ted Moore the director of rental services at Stage Technologies commented: “It’s great working with Michael Rose and his fantastic team again. After several seasons of ‘White Christmas’ and now the second season of ‘Elf’ it has become a Christmas institution for all of us at Stage Technologies.”
Elf the musical is based the on the beloved 2003 New Line Cinema hit starring Will Ferrell. The story is based on the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas
Stage Technologies automation engineer Charlotte Lockyer said of the automation: “A particular highlight is the truck used for the scene in Macy’s Department Store. The truck weighs almost two tonnes and we are able to track it on and off stage using one of our floor tracks which has been adapted slightly to be able to pull such a significant weight.”
Elf is a wonderful example of beautifully crafted stage automation at its very best and a true reflection of what Stage Technologies can turn around in a very short space of time.
Elf will run at London’s Dominion Theatre for a strictly limited ten week season from 24th October 2015 to 2nd January 2016.
11th December 2015
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