# Revolve plans

#### Van

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it's my personal file sharing thingy. This is a zip file; it contains an AutoCAD v14 file along with a bunch of PDF's. No matter what your computer skills you should be able to open and print these. I'm offering these for free, as a member of ControlBooth. Feel free to use just like you would any public domain design. I have been and will continue to be slammed for the next three weeks. Feel free to post, ask, email a question but please don't expect an immediate answer.
Latest designer was 3 weeks late. Lights begins loading in on Tuesday and I don't even have all the flats built yet.

Note to Mods, feel free to edit, sticky, or do whatever to this post. Also feel free to rework the attached drawings, I don't know when I'll ever get to it.

[Link broken as at May 2014] A photo album with pictures of a similar design: https://picasaweb.google.com/108046619267001578363/TurnTableForNoisesOff?authuser=0&feat=directlink#5661295922036708434 .

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#### Frank

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Excellent! Thank you Sir!

#### MPowers

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Van,

Nice. I spent many years (30+) as a TD in LORT theatres and as University faculty before I settled into just rigging, did quite a number of revolves, rings etc. My only question is how did you drive the unit??

#### JHWelch

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For a portable revolve, how long does it usually take to set one up? I am working on a set for a theatre competition that requires a 5 minute or less put-in time. Is there any way that a revolve could be put in a secured in this time? How long on average does it take? 5 minutes sounds very tight, but was hoping for some tips or pointers.

#### gafftapegreenia

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For a portable revolve, how long does it usually take to set one up? I am working on a set for a theatre competition that requires a 5 minute or less put-in time. Is there any way that a revolve could be put in a secured in this time? How long on average does it take? 5 minutes sounds very tight, but was hoping for some tips or pointers.
5 minutes to install a revolve? Only way I could see that even being possible is if you super bowl it and have it fully assembled and ready to go in the wings and all you have to do is push it into place and secure it.

Les

#### macattack

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Dumb question, but looking for answers from smart people. Let's say we build the above revolve for say, a show like Noises Off. We wouldn't need automation - that's huge, right? BUT - the set needs to be a decent size, hopefully with doors up AND down. What's the weight limit on that revolve and how far "off" the diameter could we go with things like walls? Or do you think it would be better just to build the set with two sides on wagons/wheeled platforms with killer castors and find a creative way to brake the whole thing since it only revolves at intermissions?

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Fight Leukemia
You don't need to build a revolve to rotate the set. The set itself can be built on casters. Also, the set doesn't need to rotate as a single unit, or even rotate at all. It needs to transition from onstage to backstage and back in 2 intermissions.

There are many threads on the site concerning set construction for "Noises Off". The search box in the upper right corner is a really useful tool.

#### Terrence MacArthur

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I meant to post this earlier but forgot...

I built two 10' revolves this past summer (for The Wizard of Oz) using these plans for inspiration. Each revolve had three double-sided 8' tall flats and four of the six flats were constructed so they could also hold some thin skins constructed of 1/8" louan plywood. Each skin was painted on each side. Our small theater has no wing space and no fly space and we had to improvise like crazy to store, mount/demount skins, etc. We had Dorothy (and friends) marching around the theater singing during revolve changes that occurred with Scarecrow, Tinman, trees, etc. positioned in place: the audience loved it! Scene changes were bang, bang, bang!

We also traveled with this set to another theater for two shows. The revolves were the centerpiece of the show (other than the outstanding acting and singing of course) and were a major contributor to the shows success. Thanks Van!
Reminds me of the old Broadway system of sticking super short scenes into a play so that while the scene was in progress on the apron the stagehands could change the set unseen by the audience. Take a look at the scripts for some old stuff, like Damn Yankees from the '50s.