The Tangled Skirt

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

The Summeround shows are in full swing, and “The Tangled Skirt” will be heading into tech sooner rather than later. Steve and the summer shop crew have been working hard, and when I finished up my paint work on Monday, the wall were pretty much ready to go up after the floor dried.

Here’s Emily sealing the floor:

I went away for two days, and when I came in the morning, here’s what it looked like:

The Tangled Skirt

Posted in General Production, Scenic Design, Scenic Painting on June 9th, 2016 by Eric Appleton

Summeround is in full gear now, and the shop is working on the set for the first offering, “The Tangled Skirt.”

I spent some time this morning working on the bus station floor:

While students worked on flats in the shop:

Allison traced, cut, and primed our greyhounds:

And I finished the morning by finishing paint work on a few walls:

On the Verge

Posted in Scenic Design on May 12th, 2016 by Eric Appleton

At our “On the Verge” production meeting today I presented the virtual model at its current state. I’m finding that with the irregular shapes and slightly off angles, as well as needing to leave 9″ of clearance along the wall for the mirror covers, a lot of odd shifting happened to the measurements. Now that I’m this far along on the modelling, I find I have to go back and pretty much re-draft most of what I thought I was done with.

Public Enemy

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

It finals week! “The Tangled Skirt” and “Yankee Tavern” are off the drafting table and delivered to the technical director. “On the Verge” is 80% drafted and now I need to start thinking more about the individual props and set elements for our production meeting tomorrow. Here’s a photo of an image I’ve worked up for “Public Enemy,” our third show of the Fall. Now I have something to pitch to the director. . .

On the Verge

Posted in Scenic Design on May 6th, 2016 by Eric Appleton

As I commence drafting the detail plates for “On the Verge,” I wasn’t sure if I had posted the rough experimental model I’d worked up a few weeks ago. So here it is:

This is the first show of our Fall season, but we try to get as much settled and done before we end the Spring semester. That way, we can walk into the shops in the Fall and get right to work on the first shows.

The Tangled Skirt and Yankee Tavern

Posted in Scenic Design on May 3rd, 2016 by Eric Appleton

In between interviewing Technical Director candidates, I’m still working on final versions of “The Tangled Skirt” and “Yankee Tavern” for our Summeround productions.

The “The Tangled Skirt” image now reflects the use of some furniture pieces that we will scavenge from around the building:

“Yankee Tavern” has reached a state of completion. There will be much more clutter and distressing, and I have to finish drafting the bar back, but here it is:

As soon as that’s done, I need to go back to “On the Verge” drawings. . .


Posted in Student Work on April 28th, 2016 by Eric Appleton

During the last couple weeks, Mason has been working on a set design for “Fool for Love” in the intermediate design seminar. We’re now moving into lighting, so I built a small version of his set for the light lab:

Which we then used to construct a preset for the play:

A Midsummer’s Night Dream and Yankee Tavern

Posted in General Production, Production Photo, Scenic Design on April 26th, 2016 by Eric Appleton

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” opened last night. Our director was guest Lenny Banovez (of Titan Theatre out of NY), the set was by Eric Appleton, lighting by student Joe Berman, costumes by Marshall Anderson, sound engineer student Mason Ronan, stage manager student Emily Ottinger, and props student Allison Lozar.

Eight actors were cast and they switched off on almost all the roles regardless of gender, so there were a lot of runs to allow them a chance to do all the roles that fell in their allotment. Here are some photos from the first run on the last day of dress rehearsals (Sunday):

The choosing of roles:

A trio of lovers:

Pyramus and Thisbe:

Titania asleep:

Titania and Oberon and Puck:

And meanwhile, it’s back to work on “Yankee Tavern:”

A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Tangled Skirt

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

Last night was first tech of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” and it went very smoothly, thanks to the efforts of stage manager Emily, lighting designer Joe, light board operator Alex, sound designer, Mason, sound operator Dan, and guest director Lenny Banovez. Tonight we do it again.

During the afternoon, work on the carpeting continued, and we hope to get this finished for tonight:

I also finished up the Sketchup rendering of “The Tangled Skirt:”

and started on the model of “Yankee Tavern:”

A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Tangled Skirt

Posted in General Production on April 18th, 2016 by Eric Appleton

Tomorrow is dry tech for “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” and here is student lighting designer Joe working with other students to finish up focus:

When the worklights got turned back on, carpeting the hills began with gusto:

And down in the design room, a production meeting for the summer production of “The Tangled Skirt” took place. Around the table from the left we have TD Steve Chene, director Skip Grover, Kiley, costume designer Tracey Lyons, and SM Emily.