Stage Lift Control Replacement

We recently completed a full replacement of the Stage Lift control system at the Blizzard Theatre at Elgin Community College in Elgin, IL.

The college did not have a fully functioning stage lift system so they put out for bid a replacement to an antiquated system without having to change out the entire pit lift.

Working with our ViaController and our system integration, we were able to put in an updated motor control cabinet and a wall mounted control panel that will easily allow the trained staff to operate this original system with a push of a button.

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Raising the Dauntless

iWeiss has completed another Airplane Rigging project with Century Aviation of East Wenatchee WA.

Project ManagIMG_7106er Russ Dusek worked with Century Aviation owner Mark Smith on the planning and engineering for the rigging of restored Sikorsky HRS-2 and UH-34D helicopters, along with a WW II SBD Dauntless hung – overhead in a dive attitude -for the expansion of the National Marine Corps Museum in Virginia.

For the Dauntless the factory installed lift points were designed for hoisting the aircraft onto a ship so the challenge here was to engineer new points to support the dive attitude required by the museum. Working with Mike Rolfs of Pacific Engineering, Russ & Mark designed and fabricated new attachment points that would provide the necessary strength for a “dive hang” without compromising the integrity or appearance of the 6,000 lb. aircraft -guts removed. As the plane had to be flown over an existing floor exhibit, once engineered load tests were performed we employed chain hoists to lift and laterally move the plane and place it into the desired bank and attitude. Once approved, permanent rigging cables were installed and the hoists removed.

The 8,000lb UH-34D Helicopter was mounted in a 9 degree nose down position on steel stands built by Century. As overhead lifting was not possible due to a Jet display, we employed a 12,000 lb capacity tele-handler to lift the copter from its main rotor head with a second lift at the tail wheel to achieve final attitude on the stands.

iWeiss continues its relationship with Century Aviation later this year with the installation of an F/A-18A Hornet in a newly constructed section of the museum.

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Tamburlaine, Parts I and II at Theatre for a New Audience

Opening this weekend and running through December 21st – this is a MUST SEE!

Plot Description from the NY Times:
Last seen in New York sixty years ago, Michael Boyd, former artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, stages both parts of the wildly popular play that launched Christopher Marlowe’s career in the late 1580s. Theatre for A New Audience veteran John Douglas Thompson stars as Tamburlaine, the unstoppable and ferocious low-born conqueror who humbles kings and emperors, sweeping methodically across vast territories while gathering ever more strength from his driving will, his boundless self-image, and his astonishing outpouring of stunning verse. Nineteen actors play sixty roles in this magisterial yet tightly conceived epic event that chronicles Tamburlaine’s rise from upstart Scythian shepherd to ruler of Persia (Part I), and then his strangely precipitous, grief-suffused fall (Part II). Shocking and awesome, repellent and fascinating in equal measure, Marlowe’s hero is disturbingly modern.

Check out the trailer here – All Vinyl Strip Curtains by iWeiss,  Blood was not included!

 

Theatrical Solution meets Shoe Designer

Recently we worked with Set Designer Scott Pask on a fun project for O’Keeffe Shoes. We used Digitally Printed Flag Cloth Panels that attached to his “set” with flexible magnet strips.

The result was an easy to set up booth with an incredible feel and lots of character- a “perfect fit”.

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