Top Gun Used In Tall Ship Theatre
Marlen Textiles coated fabrics like Top Gun are known and trusted in Boating
applications, awning and tent use, and for covers of all sorts – but would you believe,
drama on the high seas?!?
The Caravan is a non-profit professional theater company, based on the World's Only
Tall Ship Theatre. This majestic 30-meter traditional sailing ship plays host for touring,
performing, and even serves as cast and crew residence. It’s a bit like Cirque de Soleil
meets a sailing ship, but they perform locally, wherever the ship can harbor, where
visitors can assemble on the dock to watch performances.
Founded in 1970, the Caravan mission is to create and tour the highest artistic quality,
original contemporary theatrical productions into the waterfront heart of communities, for
audiences throughout North America and Europe.
In 1997, Marlen Textiles’ Top Gun was their fabric of choice to create their main sails –
90 feet stretching into the skies! Not only do the sails need to be functional, but attractive as well – they double as backdrops during performances, and are projected upon throughout each show. Constant duties in the States, then years of cruising in Europe, and then back to the U.S. - that’s constant forces from the sun, wind and rain (and snow, truthfully). So, 18 years later, Marlen receives a call from the theatre company. Even though the original sails are still functioning and look good, the Caravan thought it time to update the look. Naturally, they are replacing the original Top Gun material with new Top Gun material. Why stick with Top Gun? Because it performed beyond their expectation! “Since the sails were first raised, in 1997, TOPGUN fabric has been superb, the very best for our use. It has withstood the sun in the extreme heat, has kept much of its color and is still pliable.”
Adriana Kelder, Producer & Designer
CARAVAN STAGE COMPANY TALL SHIP THEATRE
The ship and touring company are now in Brooklyn NY, preparing a tour of eastern USA