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Heavy Duty
After Mary Poppins flew into the balcony at the Fox Theatre, this outside exit needed to be tented for the curtain call in case of rain. (Courtesy Fox Theatre) How theaters handle the demands of the most complex traveling productions Flying carpets, falling chandeliers and a magical nanny that hovers above the audience have been stretching the limits of the special effects that theaters can accommodate. Theatrical productions are getting bigger and heavier and often require additional structural work, leaving operations managers scrambling to retrofit their venues. “Creative people will always push boundaries,” said Bill Dantos, vice president of theater operations for