The Windsor Performing Arts Center at Windsor High School first opened in the Fall of 2000. Fifteen years have passed now and with the wear and tear of over 50 productions, dance groups, choirs, bands and the heat of 37,500 watts of theatrical lighting (750 watt lamp x 50), the theatrical draping has started to deteriorate. With the utmost concern and value of theater arts and other mixed media live presentations, the Windsor Unified School District, the School Board, and finance committees provided the funding to upgrade our theater's drapery and seating.
Special Thanks to Jacque Alejos, WUSD, Amy Zigler (AP) and Performing Arts WHS instructors: Allison Frenzel and Julie Raven for spear-heading this project.
The installation of Draperies, Cyclorama and Seating refurbish was all done by Somerset Studios, San Leandro, California.
Removal of all existing back, front and side drapes and masking fabrics.
Installation of NEW hardware/rigging for more control of side masking drapes, called Legs. This allows both hiding of off-stage activities of actors and crew, and also allows swivel of Leg curtains to roll set units on/off stage during live productions.
By 10am only the back pipe or BATTEN with Raven's "starlight" netting of LED lights remains hanging.
Stage Left "blacks" Legs drapes installed. These swivel mounts will create "WINGS". Wings are space created by Legs or Tormentor drapes that allow actors, dancers or set pieces to make entrances or exits to main stage.
10am, Day Two STAGE RIGHT. The maroon ACT CURTAIN is being suspended 1/2 way up to take pressure off the top of curtain while each Pleat Rigging is being attached.
End of Day 2, Legs, Act Curtain, Traveler and Cyclorama were all hung. The measurements were all perfectly fitted to our theater. Draperies were sewn at Somerset Studios about a month prior to installation.
During Day 1, our seats were checked proper folding up, fabric covering. The pattern and color of course after 17 years was no longer available. 4 Chairs will be getting a new fabric very soon. and a couple of small parts ordered. These will be installed at our convenience.