I have a set I'm working on that requires an actor (Jesus) to come smoothly straight up from behind a 6' platform. I would use stairs for this, however we only have 2' behind the platform to work with. (Director wants the front curtain closed.) So I need a way to lift the person straight up. I was thinking pulley system with an electric winch stowed below the platform and a trapdoor through which he appears. Sort of a world's smallest elevator idea. Wanted to know if anyone's done this before, and if there's a better way to do it.