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Flyhouse Projects in October

Posted by Flyhouse on Oct 4, 2017 9:55:34 AM
From flying Billy Elliot, being on-site at multiple Arena projects to installing holiday decorations, Flyhouse has a full schedule this October. So where are we?

In-Progress Projects


Geneseo High School (Geneseo, Illinois)

Geneseo High School

Willow Creek Church (Crystal Lake, Illinois)

Willow Creek Church

Barclay College Performing Arts Center (Haviland, Kansas)

Barclays Performing Arts Center

Columbia College (Chicago, Illinois)

Columbia College

Macys (Chicago, Illinois)

Macys Chicago

Marriott (Lincolnshire, Illinois)

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United Center (Chicago, Illinois)

United Center

Oakbrook Center (Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois)

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Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (Chicago, Illinois)

Shirley Ryan Ability Lab

UMBC Arena (Baltimore, Maryland)

UMBC Arena

Porchlight Music Theater (Chicago, Illinois)

Porchlight Music Theatre

Wintrust Arena (Chicago, Illinois)

Wintrust Arena

Flyhouse Rigging Trainings

Columbus McKinnon - Lititz, Pennsylvania

ETC - Madison, Wisconsin

Cruise Ship Trainings

Lisbon, Portugal to Rome, Italy

Honolulu, Hawaii

Los Angeles, California

Topics: News, Theatrical Rigging, Stage Rigging

Understanding Lighting Safety Cables

Posted by Flyhouse on Aug 25, 2017 2:34:26 PM

How much do you know about the lighting safety cables you are using for your theater or arena? Do you know which method of attachment is best to secure the lights in preventing an accident? Our shop got curious about this so we decided to make our own and test the math behind it to get you an answer.

 

Click here to watch this video on Lighting Safety Cables on YouTube

Topics: Theatrical Rigging, Did You Know, Video, Stage Rigging, Training Video

Jay O. Glerum Rigging Master Classes

Posted by Flyhouse on Jun 13, 2017 8:31:13 AM

In the world of theater, especially among those devoted to the craft of stage rigging, one name has always been synonymous with providing the highest level of safety and technical knowledge available: Jay Glerum. Glerum is the author of the Stage Rigging Handbook, an essential how-to guide kept in the bag of every rigger as a reference. After his death in 2014, USITT, in partnership with leading industry vendors, including Chicago Flyhouse, announced the Jay O. Glerum Rigging Master Classes to further the cause of rigging safety in his memory.

In its second year, Flyhouse's Head Trainer and Cruise Ship Division Manager, Ed Leahy, will once again be the Lead Instructor for the entry-level classes. From June 13-14, an entry-level class will take place with a second offering of both entry-level and advanced sessions scheduled for August 14-15.

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The entry-level class is designed around venue managers – individuals like music teachers who are asked to manage a theatrical space. The focus is to provide enough information so participants can understand how to effectively manage their space in terms of what kind of work can be done in-house versus what should be done by a professional.

Major topic areas of the entry-level class:

• Basic Physics – why things stay up in the air and why they fall

• Process and Protocol – good practices for running a safe space

• Types of Rigging Systems – an overview of hemp, counterweight, and motorized fly systems

• Rigging Tools and Hardware – understanding why we use what we use, and how to make good choices

• Working at Heights – safety basics for ladders and lifts

• Fall Protection – basics principles

• Basic Maintenance – guidelines for keeping your space in top shape, including inspections

Topics: Flyhouse Team, Stage Rigging, Training

Flyhouse Rigging Fact - Wire Rope Damage

Posted by Flyhouse on Feb 14, 2017 5:05:00 PM
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Topics: Stage Rigging, Rigging Facts

[Project Recap] Lyons Township High School Theater Rigging Update

Posted by Flyhouse on Jan 18, 2017 3:30:00 PM

There comes a point where all systems need an upgrade to make sure they continue to be safe, efficient, and operational. The rigging business is no different with its systems.

Lyons Township High School recently had Flyhouse upgrade their theatrical rigging system from a manual to an automated ETC rigging system. The previous system had become unsafe and dangerous to continue to use in productions.

Over the course of the project, Flyhouse demolished the existing counterbalance and out-of-compliance curtain system before any newer systems could be installed. The new rigging system included single and double purchase counterweight line sets, a motorized counterweight line set and dead hung side tabs for brand new curtains.

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While the newer rigging system was an upgrade, the already established structural features required some innovative methods to create workarounds to install the system. For Flyhouse, the challenge of installing around I-beams, an HVAC system, water pipes, and existing conduits was just another day at the office.

Lyons new theatrical rigging system is now up-to-date and productions can move forward safely.

Topics: Rigging System, Flyhouse Projects, Stage Rigging