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1952 Theatre Catalog, 10th Edition, Page 263 (227)

1952 Theatre Catalog, 10th Edition
1952 Theatre Catalog
1952 Theatre Catalog, 10th Edition, Page 263
Page 263

1952 Theatre Catalog, 10th Edition, Page 263

operating circuit is automatically restored so that the elevator and car may be taken down. In addition to the main car itself, there are several trailer units which can be readily attached to the rear

and ends of the car when it is desired to use the car only on stage. The spectacle of bringing the orchestra from the basement floor to the stage and up and down stage as desired is very impressive. One of the things which greatly interest theatremen who watch this bandcar in operation is the fact that, without tracks or guides of any kind, the car always takes the exactly correct position on the orchestra elevator.

The operation of the other trackless operated bandcars are the same as this except that, of course, they do not have the tie-in with the elevator circuit. 0n stages not equipped with elevators it is customary to have a close-off curtain, preferably a draw-type curtain, in front of the car when in the extreme back position. The orchestra members can take their seats and be playing when the curtain is opened. One of the things which is not strictly ntheatre" but cannot always be avoided, is the unpleasant sight of an orchestra trying to get organized which, of course, is not entertainment. However, in this case the orchestra is seated and playing when the curtain is opened, and they are silently and gracefully brought to the front of the stage or nearer the audience. Through the use of spotlights, etc., the electrician greatly enhances the dramatic effect. After the orchestra has finished playing, the car moves back stage and permits acts to be put on the front of the stage.

AN ORCHEst CAN BE SEATED behind a: close-off curtain. While playing, the curtain opens and the musicians are silently and gracefully advanced by the bandcar to the stage front.

Has Many Uses

Another case in which the bandcar is used to advantage is in the production of style shows, pantomimes, etc., and from the foregoing it can be seen that it is a highly valuable piece of equipment for name band shows, many plays and other kinds of acts.

The use of the bandcar is not limited to the orchestra. What is more inipressive, for instance, than a curtain opening on a beautiful concert grand piano with its melodious tones flowing out into the auditorium, and under proper lighting moving slowly and gracefully to the front of the stage and returning in the same graceful manner? Likewise, the possibility of unusual Showmanship in the presentation of glee clubs and other choral groups is practically unlimited.

Another common use of the bandcar is to take the place of parallels and

platforms so that an act may be set back stage and back of the mid-stage close-off curtain, and either left in that position or moved to the front of the stage and thence back to its original position. If more height is desired, additional parallels and platforms may be placed on top of the car.

As previously indicated, these cars may be disassembled for storage purposes, but that is seldom necessary where stage presentations are standard policy as they can be fitted into almost any type of show and add immeasurably to the production.

Now that the problems of guiding the car without multilating a beautiful stage floor have been solved and with the many uses developing in modern entertainment it is very likely that this piece of equipment will become even more popular as its wide range of possibilities for dramatic stage presentations are fully explored.

TI'E BANDCAR IS A COMPACT MECHANISM which hugs the stage floor and can be started. stopped or reversed from any position without following tracks.


1952 Theatre Catalog, 10th Edition, Page 263