Typical stage layout for curtains and track to
achieve a fully dressed stage.
Main Curtain - Can be of various types. In
addition to providing a decorative cover for the proscenium opening, the main
curtain must be opaque enough to obscure the stage lighting and deaden the sound
of scene changes.
Valance - If it is necessary to
reduce the height of the proscenium opening to balance and satisfy the sight
lines, a valance which matches the main curtain should be fitted.
Borders - These require careful planning to
ensure complete masking of rigging, tracking systems and lighting configurations
from audience view. The drop or height of borders will vary according to
individual stage sight lines.
Intermediate Curtains - Used to divide the stage
into sections. Used when a smaller stage area is desirable for more intimate
Backdrop Curtain - Normally black in colour,
giving the rear of stage complete masking from the audience. Cycloramas are
often used in conjunction with the back drop curtain when a colour flood or
neutral cloth is required in lieu of black masking curtains.
Leg Curtains - Placed down each side of
stage to mask out the stage sides from audience view. They also provide unseen
entrance and exits channels for performers from wing space to main
False / Adjustable Proscenium - On
occasions a teaser and a pair of tormentors may be used to reduce the proscenium
size to suit a set. A teaser is border curtain usually hung directly upstage of
the main curtain. Tormentors are vertical legs located on both sides of the
proscenium behind the teaser. Teaser and tormentors can be supplied as curtains
or as rigid flats if permanently installed on adjustable rigging.
Sight lines depict width of leg
curtains and drop or finished length of border and valance curtains required to
fully conceal all roof rigging, tracking systems and lighting from audience
view. Sight lines are as viewed from the auditorium, usually considered from eye
level at the extremities of front row seating. Please observe the following
diagrams as a reference to how curtains when properly constructed in sizes
appropriate to sight line requirements totally mask of all unwanted areas from
audience view .
1. Viewing angle 2. Main
curtain 3. Valance 4.
5. Intermediate curtains 6. Backdrop /
Cyclorama 7. Leg curtains