Good Old Fashioned Hemp Rigging!

Last week, IAstage completed a re-rope of the old hemp & sandbag system at the Henegar Center for the Arts in Melbourne, Florida.

"Nobody uses hemp or manila these days. We used a three strand synthetic fibre rope," says Solana Bolton, the rigging contracor’s Project manager.

Built in 1919, it is one of Brevard County’s oldest public buildings and one of the top 10 historic venues in Melbourne. According to the Henegar Center's website, it was originally a public school building. It was transformed into cultural arts facilities in 1993 with a 493-seat proscenium style theatre designed by Tony Award winning Broadway designer Peter Feller.

Greg Keatley, Superintendent at IAstage, says “ The Henegar is a really great place to visit for a show and the town is the perfect place for an evening of dining and theatre.”



Before the re-rope of the hemp and sand rigging system


After the re-rope of the hemp and sandbag rigging system


Hemp and sandbag rigging system at Henegar Center


Hemp and sandbag rigging system at Henegar Center