For the 2015 Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Anna Bolena, instead of using traditional deck tracks, Chicago Scenic integrated our custom mobilator to move a huge range of scenery around the stage. This allowed a two-sided element to spin and facilitated multiple scene changes. A challenging trap door was constructed that took advantage of the mobilator’s ability to precisely align with less than 1.5 inches of clearance.
The dramatic scenes Chicago Scenic built included a versatile piece that served three storyline theatrical purposes, first, as the royal bedchambers for Anne Boleyn and her lady-in-waiting Jane Seymour, then to accommodate the king’s throne. Finally, when the back of the bed unit was removed, a new panel attached and the bed was transformed into a prison cell.
One of the most intricate elements in the Opera’s environment was carried out flawlessly by Chicago Scenic’s carpentry crew. The 56-foot wide by 39-foot tall portal was created, and included 28 colorful, fully dimensional rosettes, the smallest of which were scaled to a two-foot diameter. The lifelike rosettes were modeled from carved foam and cut using 3D routing.12.2014 back to Theatre