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For the Atlanta Opera,
the show goes on under
an Armbruster circus tent

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n the Atlanta Opera's fall 2020 interpretation of Ruggero
Leoncavallo's Pagliacci, the tragic clown Canio has COVID19. But the Georgia-based company went to great lengths
to ensure that its cast, crew and audiences didn't succumb to
the same fate, with the help of a circus tent from Armbruster
Manufacturing Co.
As the Opera crafted a season that reimagined music
and storytelling while prioritizing health and safety, the
organization contacted the Springfield, Ill.-based tent
manufacturer to provide an innovative open-air venue.
" They were looking for a traditional circus-style tent in
the size of 60-by-125 feet with 12-foot-high sides for better
ventilation inside the tent, " says president Hellar Armbruster.
" The final plan was for a blue and red traditional round-end
circus-style pole tent with a custom valance from our 1890
designs and matching sidewalls to partially close in the tent
when needed. "
Made in the traditional style of Armbruster Manufacturing's
older circus tents but with modern materials and fabrication techniques, the tent was manufactured toward the end
of summer and installed on the historic Anderson Field at
Oglethorpe University. With a capacity for 240 audience members, the tent hosted nine performances each of Pagliacci and
The Kaiser of Atlantis in October and November. Safety protocols and procedures were developed by a task force of epidemiologists, public health specialists and doctors. And the tent
triumphed over a more typical safety challenge as well.
" Shortly after the tent was installed, it withstood hurricaneforce winds and performed wonderfully, " Armbruster says,
" a testament to the heavy-duty construction techniques and
materials that we put into each and every one of our tents. "
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