The end of an era... Prequel

sarasphotossarasphotos Major grinsAugsburg, GermanyPosts: 2,154Registered Users Major grins
edited March 10, 2019 in Other Cool Shots

As I explained in a previous post, the theater where I used to work is now being renovated. The last event that took place in the "Big House" (i.e. the main theater, built in 1877) was a party and small show for past and present employees and honored guests (the politicians were there, of course...) in early summer 2016. During the performance I wandered around backstage and got some shots. Although the stage machinery was renovated in the early 90's, much of the other infrastructure was quite dated, including many items from the big renovation in 1938 and post-war rebuild in 1956.

1) waiting for an entrance by the stage manager's console

2) last walk up the side-stage

3) it's important to remember which direction to pull the curtain

4) this looks very safe, doesn't it...

5) cryptic notes from the past

6) "don't turn on, fire danger!"

7) gels for the lights

8) the locking rail

9) the computer-run stage machinery console (from 1990 - I think it still ran Windows XP :-) )

10) the stage manager's console

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  • JuanoJuano Major grins Brasilia, BrazilPosts: 3,547Registered Users Major grins

    Good story and interesting mix of old technology too.

  • black mambablack mamba Major grins Jacksonville, FLPosts: 6,427Registered Users Major grins

    Well done, Sara. Nice array of interesting shots. Got to love #4. Sadly, it also reminds me of the maze behind my home entertainment system.

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  • StumblebumStumblebum I shoot, therefore I am Posts: 7,497Registered Users Major grins

    Looks like WWII secret base!

  • WernerGWernerG Major grins Posts: 488Registered Users Major grins

    This series is very nicely done. I especially like your monochrome tonality.

  • kurzvorzwoelfkurzvorzwoelf Stuttgart, GermanyPosts: 207Registered Users Major grins

    A very interesting insight to the details of the theatre's backstage, Sara! It sure looks like not only the actors have to improvise :smiley: #4, #5 and #7 are my favourites from this set - they very much satisfy the nerd in me! :smiley:

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  • CornflakeCornflake Major grins Posts: 2,346Registered Users Major grins

    Very interesting series!

  • sarasphotossarasphotos Major grins Augsburg, GermanyPosts: 2,154Registered Users Major grins

    Thank you all for taking the time to comment! The theater is such a photogenic place I truly regret that I didn't take more time to photograph while we were still using it, but I was just too busy working...

    @Stumblebum said:

    Looks like WWII secret base!

    ...you should have seen the sub-basements and the hydraulic room under the stage - even moreso!!!

    @black mamba said:
    Got to love #4. Sadly, it also reminds me of the maze behind my home entertainment system.

    mine too :smiley:

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