Public Enemy

Posted in General Production, Scenic Design on December 5th, 2016 by Eric Appleton

Some pictures from Saturday’s first dress rehearsal of “Public Enemy,” a modernized version of Ibsen’s “An Enemy of the People.” There are still things to be done on the set, but those will happen during Monday afternoon’s shop session (since we open Tuesday morning with our student matinee).

The top of the show:

Heading into the transition between scene one and two:

Scene three, the newspaper office:

Public Enemy

Posted in General Production, Scenic Design on December 2nd, 2016 by Eric Appleton

We had first tech last night. It went pretty smoothly. On the other hand, there’s still a lot to be done.

Here’s a shot of guest director Mary MacDonald Kerr and guest lighting designer Aimee Hanyzewski with students at the tech table as we get the evening rolling.

And student stage manager Abrya walking the stage:

The set under worklights:

A final major element will be installed this afternoon. The timbers, which are all laying in the Hicklin theatre at the moment:

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With actors on the stage, the opening scene:

And my list at the end of the night:

Public Enemy

Posted in General Production, Scenic Design on November 21st, 2016 by Eric Appleton

Lots happening on Friday afternoon! The platforms for “Public Enemy” are in place, and primed. Light hang (LD is guest designer Aime Hanyzewski, and our ME is student Quinn Bauer) over the stage was pretty much wrapped up. Here is the lighting crew finishing up one of the over-apron trusses:

In the shop, student sound designer Emily Ottinger worked with Intro student Alexa to finish the Foley door to produce all the front door opening and closing through the play:

Here are Jordan and Jordan installing one of the escape steps on stage:

My afternoon project was to get the three flown paintings rolling:

I hope to finish those this afternoon and turn them over to the TD. Finally, over the weekend, I found better chairs for the Stockman’s living room.

Public Enemy and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Posted in Drawings, General Production, Scenic Design on November 16th, 2016 by Eric Appleton

We’re getting closer to the hang for “Public Enemy” (directed by guest director Mary MacDonald Kerr, with guest lighting designer Aimee Hanyzewski), and the platforming is getting moved into place. Last night, we had a designer run of the show, so it was important to give the actors the final platform positions.

I believe this is TA Katie working with one of the Intro to Theatre students on attaching masonite to the next to last platform:

And view of the work from the house:

Then it’s back to the office for me, and finishing up the elevation of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.”

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Posted in Drawings, Scenic Design on November 11th, 2016 by Eric Appleton

Now that “Public Enemy” is in the shop (with platforming getting built on stage at this very moment), I’ve been working away on “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” which is the musical slated for February. After meeting with the director this past weekend, we firmed up scenic decisions and are going with this:

That means I get to work up the groundplan this afternoon!

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Posted in General Production, Lighting Design, Student Work on November 1st, 2016 by Eric Appleton

Some photos from the final dress rehearsal of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” Set design by student Lilliana Gonzalez. Costume design by student Kat Middleton. Props by student Jordan Meyer. Stage managed by student Alex Cary. Lighting design by Eric Appleton. Technical direction by Ruth Conrad-Proulx. Directed by Charles Grover, to bookend his years at Whitewater. Sleepy Hollow was the first show he directed when he started his position here, so many years ago.

Preset:

The Storytellers:

Outside the Tarrytown Tavern:

Ichabod learns about the bridge:

Ichabod hobnobs with the ladies of the town:

Ichabod and Brom vie for Katerina’s attentions:

Brom and Katerina:

Ichabod gets ready for the dance:

All they could find was his hat and a shattered pumpkin:

Brom and Katerina tie the knot:

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Posted in General Production, Scenic Painting, Student Work on October 31st, 2016 by Eric Appleton

Friday afternoon was spent finishing up “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” We opened on Saturday and sent it off on the road. Here are some pics from that final afternoon in the shop.

Students adding leaves to the background flats:

Painting the trees. The Fall (non-spooky side is facing us):

Touching up the black on the side flat trees:

Final painting of the stools:

TD Ruth working with TA Nathan on some sign hanging technology:

Waiting for the evening’s tech rehearsal to begin. The trees on stage, Fall side out:

And then student stage manager Alex kindly flipped them to spooky side out so I could get a shot of that:

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Posted in General Production, Lighting Design, Scenic Painting, Student Work on October 27th, 2016 by Eric Appleton

We are heading into tech for “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” and we are behind, but catching up. The set is designed by student Lilliana Gonzalez. I’m doing the lighting design this time around.

Here are the tree-trunk stools, ready to get painted:

Intro to Theatre students applying gaff tape over the gap between the two halves of the trees:

Making headway on the painting of the backing flats:

These half trees are done (except for painting the framing black). They get attached to the side masking flats to frame the playing space.

The trees on stage, as we get ready for rehearsal:

Light board operator Stephanie doing some programming at the tech table:

The view over the monitors during the run:

And then coming in bright and early this morning to continue texturing the trees with Lilliana, and putting lots of fans on them in the hope that they will be dry by tonight.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Posted in General Production, Lighting Design, Scenic Painting on October 21st, 2016 by Eric Appleton

It’s hang and focus week on “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” Student ME Dan is leading crews of the Intro to Theatre students on getting the show hung and circuited. A view from the booth:

Down on the deck, working on the 1A Electric:

Looking up into the Beams:

In the shop, work on the trees and props continues.

And we forge ahead with the painting of the backing flats:

On the Verge, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Public Enemy

Posted in General Production, Lighting Design, Scenic Design on October 14th, 2016 by Eric Appleton

“On the Verge” opened on Monday. I wasn’t able to get photos under stage lights this time around (will have to look forward to the photos that Sarah Altermatt, our publicity manager, took), but here’s a not blurry photo of the set under worklights with no tools, ladders, or students. . .

And the floor, from two angles:

The production freight train rumbles on. I drafted the light plot for “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” since the hang starts on Monday.

And construction of “Sleepy Hollow” got rolling in the shop. Here’s TA Quinn working with two Intro to Theatre students, cutting out the surround for Ichabod’s blackboard (set design by student Lilliana Gonzalez):

Finally, I need to get the groundplan of “Public Enemy” finalized and distributed. In the midst of that this afternoon: