By STEVEN T. DENNIS
The historic Maryland Theatre, which banned popcorn because of the mess it creates, underwent extensive preparations Friday to protect it from Gallagher and his Sledge-O-Matic.
A crew of 10 used duct tape and 6,000 square feet of thick, black plastic to wrap the theater stage.
"The stage is wrapped in plastic just like a construction site," said Gallagher Tour Manager Bradley Pickel. "It's all for about the last 10 minutes of the show."
The crew also covered the first 12 rows of chairs in plastic bags and laid down old carpet over the theater's carpet runners.