Jeff Waynes Musical Version Of The War Of The Worlds
LS-Live has worked on Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version Of The War Of The Worlds stage set design and build for the last three years, a production that “evolves each time and gets more complex”. The production required a bespoke rental stage package for 2012, which involved the provision of a rolling house stage and the development of custom automated set pieces. “This year’s production demanded more automation lifts and effects than ever before, but we were well equipped to meet requirements due to our large rental fleet of on stage machinery, and our house engineering and hydraulics expertise,” said Brooks.
“That said it was one of the most challenging periods of the year for us because we were working on the Chris Brown stage set at the same time. We used our secondary 130,000 sq ft pre-build warehouse for the Chris Brown production and built the War of the Worlds set in our 17,664 sq ft studio in the main LS-Live building.”
LS-Live provided a 60’ by 40’ rolling house stage for the show, installed with two 8’ by 4’ aluminium scissor lifts, a new curved orchestra riser with custom colour-changing LED fascias (installed by LS-Live’s electronics department) and LiteDecks with apertures cut out for the stage pyrotechnics to come up through the stage floor.
But by far the most complex piece of electrical actuation was the holographic automated screen, which LS-Live designed to fold out from underneath the downstage edge to stand 8ft high at the push of a button.