The designer definitely gets more involved at the loadin than he may have at the build. The designer may stop by occasionally, but don’t expect him to stay there all day. The designer’s assistant and possibly his associate will be at loadin the entire time to answer questions and make sure things are progressing the way they should. It is more than likely that the designer is working on another show and doesn’t have a lot of time to be at the load-in. It is common for designers to set goals so they can be around for important events. The mixer is typically the conduit of information about how the load-in is going, and it is important for the mixer to be able to assess the status and predict how long projects will take. ...

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