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The 'Art of Flying' at Camden Hills

Oct 29, 2019
Courtesy of: Camden Hills Regional High School Perry Firtig presents "The Art of Flying" to theater students.

Rockport — Recently Camden Hills Regional High School students in Technical Theater and Theater Performance classes were treated to a close look at the art of theatrical flying. Perry Fertig of Flying by Foy spent two days installing the flying equipment then training the actors and crew to create the magic that will make Mary and Bert fly in the upcoming "Mary Poppins" production.

With support from Youth Arts, Fertig gave a presentation to theater students, explaining basics of the Foy equipment design and demonstrating its operation. Students were exposed to everything from theatrical rigging techniques to aerial choreography.

Flying by Foy is the most prolific and widely-respected theatrical flying service in the world. The company was established in 1957 by Peter Foy, whose innovative techniques and patented mechanical inventions revolutionized theatrical flight in the second half of the 20th century, elevating the ancient practice of stage flying to a modern art form.

Youth Arts has been supporting visual and performing arts in our schools for almost 50 years. The all-volunteer organization provides the resources and guest artists to enrich arts education in our district.

"Mary Poppins" performances are Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 8, 9, 15 and 16, at 7 p.m. and there are 2 p.m. matinees on Sundays, Nov. 10 and 16. Tickets are available online at

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