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Michael Messing
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I'm looking for a good design for a portable stage. I, initially, only need a single 4' x 8' stage. If I find a good practical design, I will eventually build two additional sections to get to 8' x 12'.

Here are the parameters. I want it as light as practical, but still structurally sound. I may have as many as three people on it. (Myself and two audience members.) I also prefer to have the top (deck) fold so that it's not 4' x 8' when transporting it. I have seen one design where the top (deck) is folded in half lengthwise for transport. That would work.

If you have seen a good design or, better yet, have experience with a good design, please let me know.

Thanks,
Michael Messing
Kevin Ridgeway
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Here are several companies that have portable staging...very mobile and plenty strong. Ihave been on most of these. Hope this helps.

Kevin
http://www.livingillusions.com

http://www.stageright.com
http://www.sicoinc.com
http://www.pewsplus.com
http://www.midwestfolding.com
http://www.mobile-staging.com
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Michael Messing
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Kevin,

Wow, I appreciate all the links you posted. I was really thinking of trying to build my own portable stage to keep the cost down, but you gave me plenty of options for purchasing a stage.

The reason I was considering building my own stage is that I don't need it often. Usually, the facilities I work in can provide the staging I need. Invariably, it's not my illusion shows where I have trouble (the hotels and convention centers nearly always have a the staging,) it's the times when I'm doing my one-man show in a smaller banquet hall when it can be a problem.

Thanks again for your help.

Michael
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I work in a theatre and have built many stages and many of the problems that I have encountered is that the stages are large bulky and extremely heavy. Most stages are constructed with a layer of 5/8" ply, a lyer of Celetex, and a layer of luan. I'm almost sure you could get away with only a layer of 5/8" ply. and luan. If you need the stage to be small than a 4x8 piece, you could put the entire stage on a hinge so that it folds in half. If you would like I could draft up some plans for you? PM me and let me know... Thanks
martini
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Years ago, in I think MUM there was a portable stage that would fit the bill nicely. This weekend I'll search my files in my workshop to find it, Once I do, I'll let you know about it. I remember that it was very well done and a couple of locals built them and they worked just fine.
Marty

I found the plans for the portable stage in my workshop. I had thought this came from an MUM magazine because it looked like their artwork done by Ed Mishell. The stage is 4 ft. by 8 ft. packs down into a case measuring 49 x 14 x 24 inches. Top folds down into four sections, the entire base crossstructure unit is hinged together, sturdy and quite strong. I have seen these in use and they are nice. The only name on the sheet is Bert Rose Portable Stage. I will be more than happy to send a copy of this to anyone who sends me their physical address.I do believe Michael that this will serve your needs.
Marty
Michael Messing
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Thanks to Marty and all those who have responded. I have requested a copy of the Bert Rose Portable Stage plan that Marty graciously offered to mail out.

Michael
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On 2002-12-02 08:19, martini wrote:
I found the plans for the portable stage in my workshop. ...I have seen these in use and they are nice. The only name on the sheet is Bert Rose Portable Stage. I will be more than happy to send a copy of this to anyone who sends me their physical address.I do believe Michael that this will serve your needs.
Marty

Thanks, Marty.
It is very generous of you to do this.
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Linds
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I was looking through some Geniis from the early 80s earlier today. Paul Osborne had a protable stage design in the illusion series he published there.

If you don't have access to those issues and would like to see the design, please pm me and I will find the article and send you a copy.
Cheers
Linds

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