Stage Curtain & Rigging Terms
Proscenium Valance: valance curtain that covers the proscenium opening at the front of the stage.
Main Traveler: the first full traveler set located at the front of the stage. Also know as the “house curtain”.
Midstage Traveler: the second full traveler set located at the midstage area.
Side Legs: curtains located at the side or wings of the stage. These curtains provide screening for stage wing areas.
Masking Border: curtains that span the entire width of the stage and provide masking for light sets, traveler tracks or other curtain hardware.
Rear Traveler or Back Drop: the last full traveler set located at the back of the stage.
Back Drop: a full-length stationary curtain located at the rear of the stage. Used for screening the back wall or the stage or for scenery purposes.
Scrim: a net-like curtain that is used for screening and lighting purposes.
Rigging: anything that provides suspension for stage curtains or light sets.
Dead Hung Rigging: stationary rigging that is suspended from the building structure.
Counterweight Fly Rigging: moveable rigging that operates on a cable and pulley system and is counterbalanced with steel weights.