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Major Theatre Equipment uses J. R. Clancy motorized rigging in MA high school

The new Hanover High School in Hanover, Mass., opened its doors for its first school year with a special treat for its performing arts students: Motorized rigging in the new auditorium.

Decision-makers at Hanover selected PowerLift motorized hoists by J. R. Clancy, Inc., to raise and lower the scenery and a rear cyclorama in the new theatre. Clancy's SureTarget 10 rigging controller controls three variable-speed PowerLifts, each with a 1,200-pound capacity. The SureTarget 10 provides simple, accurate speed and position control for up to 10 linesets, with a color touch-screen display that makes it easy for students to use with training.

The mixed-use stage hosts performances by the school's choral and instrumental groups as well as annual theatre productions. “We incorporated some acoustic clouds and towers to form a shell,” said Paul Nolan, general manager of Major Theatre Equipment Corp., the rigging dealer on the project. “The acoustic clouds are flying on the Clancy PowerLift units.” Clancy provided two motorized hoists, each with a 2,000-pound capacity and variable speeds up to 20 feet per minute, to do the heavy lifting of these acoustical elements.

“We do a lot of work with Clancy, and it was as smooth as always,” said Nolan. “The few little issues were resolved quickly. It was a successful project.”

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