TAIT worked with the Blue Man Group in Orlando, Florida at Universal Studios. The Orlando project was a revamp of the group’s existing show, updating both show content and technology.
Time and space were in short supply for the Orlando retrofit. 2½ weeks were allotted for the revamp: seven days for load-out and load-in of the new show, seven days of technical rehearsals, two days of dress rehearsal, and then, Opening Night. The biggest automation addition was the Hi Res LED Screen track and trolley system. Five BT200 winches, three lift and two travel, were required to automate three LED screens. The centre stage screen is lift only, while the stage left and stage right screens have lift and traverse, their movement optimized by anti-sway software.
Three BT290 multi-line point hoists were added to automate the Feast Wall, two LED screens, and a lighting truss. Two Gerriets Roller Screen TUBEs were outfitted to be run via TAIT controls. Additionally, the PVC Instrument Wagons, two existing friction-drive units, received new encoders and were tied into TAIT controls. The show’s finale includes the release of several inflated giant balls. An AU:tour IOSLAVE provided I/O relays for the release of these balls over the audience.
The Blue Man Group Orlando system comprises:
• 1x Track & Trolley system with 5x BT200 winches
• 3 x BT290 multi-line point hoists
• 2 x Gerriets Roller Screen TUBEs with control modification
• 2 x encoder retrofit of PVC Instrument Wagons
• 1 x Nomad desk
• 1 x AU:tour IOSLAVE
• 1 x E-Stop
• 2 x AU:tour racks
• 1 x AU:tour System Link
For more information on automation solutions and retrofits for the Blue Man Group, see Blue Man Group – Las Vegas.