Hi, I am currently planning on helping the local community theatre put in some hanging space for lighting. I have a limited knowlege of rigging since i do a lot of lighting work.
Here is the problem i am faced with:
The performing arts center i am volunteering for is occupying a church, which is now owned by them. The 'Auditorium'(sanctuary) as we refer to it has about 15'-20' high cielings possibly 25'. We are also faced with the issue of slanted floors, making consistent ladder use almost impossible, so we are thinking of putting in some hand winches to move the 'battens'. We know the ceiling can support a lot of weight because there is currently about 300 pounds of chandelier hanging from them. One batten would carry around 2 source fours, 4 fresnels, and another 8 par 38s, and possibly a projection screen.
Any advice is appreciated, and I know this is no substitute for professional riggers, but this is somewhere to get some idea as to what our course of action should be.