We are doing Anastasia in June and have built a "train" out of painting canvases put together. This makes it ultra lightweight and we can use small casters to keep it very close to the ground. It is actually in two sections, and they click together using bed frame hardware. This one, pictured below is 6 feet wide and 10 feet long and will have 6 "passengers" who will be responsible for rotating it at the correct points in the projection while the three principles walk around singing. The bits on the end are hinged, so that the small section becomes the "door" that they jump out of. Using bed frame hardware, the simply have to lift up and push out when they jump off the train.
Each corner is hinged so that it can be flipped around and becomes the boxes at the ballet. Finally, because this set piece is reversable, the side not in use needs to be hidden from the audience. Conveniently the whole thing can be hidden by twin sheets that fit perfectly across the top – 66" – and cover to the floor.
Because we have a shortage of storage space, the two pieces, separated, will be stored on stage near the cyc, but since they are covered with white sheets, the projection will just go on them. When they need to be used, the actors will just (in Act 1) assemble the train move it to centre and then reveal the painted train carriage and when done, move it to the wings (where it now files the entire wing – but that's the last bit in the Act); or (in Act 2) will move the pieces to either side of the stage and then reveal the opera boxes and when done, re-cover them and move them back upstage.
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Our "Attendants" are the other passengers on the train car. Our train is in two halves and does not have a "top" But would look like this in our artist's rendering. If, in the end we felt we needed more vertical things to put in, then we would add that design element, but we're not there yet. It's currently at the painter's studio, so I can't show you the actual set piece yet.
We are also using the Broadway Media projections, which look AMAZING, but they are not "script matched" as they note. – The script is 105 pages long, the projections end at page 115. They have a project underway to make them so, but I have not heard anything further about that since they told me they were going ahead and assigned a resource to it, a month ago.
There are definitely some problem areas in the projection cue suite - particularly in this train sequence. I have shared my detailed analysis with them.
Happy to share my findings with you ... send me an email.