[This is the fifth in a series of guest posts by associate technical director Barney Bayliss. This post was written Oct. 8. To read all the posts in the series, click here]
Now that Aida is open, we get into a regular rhythm of changeovers and performances. We spend a lot of time planning the changeovers, estimating how long they will take and how many people we need. Generally, the crew needed for a changeover is larger than a show crew. And changeovers take up to five hours. So from a financial perspective, we spend more time and money doing changeovers than we do on shows.
The change from Death in Venice to Aida is complicated by the fact that we need to drain the Death in Venice pool. We do this by cracking open the
Aida trap steps, which creates a slightly deeper area in the pool, and pumping the water out with two sump pumps. The actual pumping takes about 40 minutes, but the drying the top liner, folding it, and then drying the bottom liner takes a lot longer, up to an hour and a half. Clearing the Death in Venice set away does not take long, less than half an hour, so we should be down to a clean Aida floor in less than two hours.
With the final focus check, the changeover didn’t completely finish until 4:58, which is cutting it a bit close for me, but as you can see, there are some areas where I think we can improve. We get to try again tomorrow (Saturday) at noon, and then another 10 times throughout the run.
Photo: The Four Seasons Centre reflected in the Death in Venice onstage pool. Photo by Barney Bayliss, 2010.
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Sara Fulgoni in the COC production of Bluebeard's Castle. Photo: Michael Cooper © 2001