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Ceiling Fan for a Theatrical Production? Answered

My theater group is doing Guys and Dolls for our spring production, and our director wants to have ceiling fans in a few of the scenes. Is there any way to create prop fans that can hang from a fly rail and rotate, but without being electrically powered?

Thanks in advance!

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thegeeke
thegeeke

8 years ago

Kiteman has a good idea for the prop, another option that you might want to consider is using a Gobo and gobo rotator to create the effect of the light hitting the fans... you don't necessarily have to see the fans to get the effect. :)

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iceng
iceng

Answer 8 years ago

Thanks for teaching me new...  :-)

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thegeeke
thegeeke

Answer 8 years ago

HaHa... I know... it's overdone... but for most community theater budgets it's a good option... ;)

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Kiteman
Kiteman

8 years ago

You could easily build a light-weight fan out of corrugated card, then maybe hang from the chuck of an electric screwdriver, with a simple C-shaped bracket to pull the screwdriver's trigger the small amount required to turn the fan slowly.

The screwdriver itself could just be strapped to the rail with zip-ties or jubilee clips, and then all your scene-changers need to do is push the C-bracket onto the trigger just before they are hoisted up.

Oh, and they'll probably need spare batteries, and to remember to recharge the batteries between shows....