Sunset Boulevard

This is a picture of the Toronto Production of Sunset Boulevard showing the main room in Norma Desmond's house. This set takes up 2/3 of the stage and weighs multiple tons. In a feat of technical theater magic, it is flown off stage! It takes up so much flyspace that lighting instruments for other scenes had to be mounted on the underside. It was often flown offstage with actors still on the set piece. I am told it is able to move vertically as well as up and down stage, and is moved though the use of a complex hydraulic system. Someone I talked to about how it was done, called the show "Some-set Boulevard" which I though was a good description! This is the magnitude of show I want to be involved in someday.