PlayMakers’ production of The Front Page included an elliptical stage and ceiling. The upstage wall on this 7/8 thrust stage was curved to match the ellipse of both.
This curved wall consisted of a mainly steel frame, with plywood on the top and bottom of the overall wall.
The face of the walls were covered with 1/4″ lauan, and the trim was applied in 1/2″ MDF layers until the desired thickness was achieved.
In addition the the main center section with windows, there were two sections on either side with doors.
The ceiling piece had a steel frame as well, with a custom truss fabricated for the main support frame. The ceiling was raised into place above the stage using the block and fall method and then dead hung from the grid above the stage.