1959 Pink Thunderbird

Posted in General Production, Scenic Design on December 6th, 2017 by Eric Appleton

Well, we opened yesterday! Here are some photos from final dress.

First, one of the set for “Laundry and Bourbon” under worklights:

And then the run proper:

Then we switch over to “Lone Star:”

On to “Street Scene!”

1959 Pink Thunderbird

Posted in General Production, Scenic Design on November 29th, 2017 by Eric Appleton

The week before Thanksgiving, we hosted the Wisconsin High School Theatre Festival. Here’s a bunch of the traffic signage sitting the shop, waiting to be placed around campus:

So, between the Festival and the holiday, we are fairly behind on our work for “1959 Pink Thunderbird”. We forge ahead!

1959 Pink Thunderbird and Street Scene

Posted in General Production, Scenic Design on November 10th, 2017 by Eric Appleton

“1959 Pink Thunderbird” is now in the shop! Here’s a picture of assistant ME Nathan heading up the light hang yesterday afternoon:

And here are the two rolling platforms, One is for the “Laundry and Bourbon” porch, and the other will be double sided for both “Laundry and Bourbon” and “Lone Star.”

Now that that show is rolling along, I am back at the drafting table getting “Street Scene” drawn. Working on the groundplan:

Working on the elevation:

The Emperor’s New Clothes

Posted in General Production, Student Work on October 27th, 2017 by Eric Appleton

Last night was Second Dress, and things are close to being done. Here are a few photos from the rehearsal, featuring the work of student lighting designer Mason Ronan, student set designer Nathan Broege, student sound designer Michael Meschke, and faculty costume designer Tracey Lyons. Student Lauren Severson is the stage manager, and the props team were students Kenneth Ryan and Nathan Hancock. Directed by Bruce Cohen.

Here’s Mason working on some cue notes:

And then board operator Alden waiting for things to get rolling:

The Narrator gets things rolling:

And takes us into the Throne Room:

The captain arrives:

And the Empress enters:

The poor thespians beg for money to rebuild their theatre:

An example of the son’s acting ability:

Booted out of the place, the thespians plan their revenge on the Empress:

The Empress gives a speech to her people:

And then onto tonight and Final Dress!

The Emperor’s New Clothes

Posted in General Production, Student Work on October 26th, 2017 by Eric Appleton

We’re in the middle of tech week and things keep rolling along.

Here is a pic of students setting up the groundrow:

Austin moves legs to their new positions:

There was a trunk from which two characters were supposed to pop, but it ended up too large for them to get out of. It was cut. So here’s Koy dismantling it:

I did some more work on the loom — here it is before I worked on it:

And then the six students who all pitched in to help paint it:


Student set designer Nathan works on painting the library side of the periaktoi:

And then Emily joins him:

That side, all done.

The Emperor’s New Clothes

Posted in Lighting Design, Student Work on October 20th, 2017 by Eric Appleton

Time speeds on, and we’re on the verge of dry tech for “The Emperor’s New Clothes.” We’ve had a small dip in students able and willing to take on some of the technical responsibilities, so I’ve been the ME on this show.

Here are two pics from the other day, with Intro students Jack and Jacob working with Emily on some patch trouble shooting, and Intro student Nick on stage letting them know when the unit at hand turns on.

The Emperor’s New Clothes

Posted in General Production, Student Work on October 13th, 2017 by Eric Appleton

“Toil and Trouble” is up and running, and now our attention turns more fully to “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” our touring theatre for young audiences production. This one also has a student set designer, student lighting designer, student sound designer, student props team, and student stage management.

A pic of the general shop activity earlier today:

Scenic designer Nathan has made a template for his painted trim and starts to lay it out on his flats:

In the shop, Katie works with Intro student Cherrita on building a step unit:

While more Intro students, Colin and Baylee, work on second step unit:

Miriam primes the big throne platform:

Props team member Kenneth works with Simon on creating golden coins:

And then back to Nathan as he fills in the diamonds at the bottom of his flats:

Toil and Trouble

Posted in General Production, Student Work on October 9th, 2017 by Eric Appleton

Final Dress rehearsals this weekend. Here are some photos from the run Saturday afternoon. On this production we have a student lighting designer, a student set designer, student props team, student stage manager, student sound designer, and since the director was out of town for a job, a student assistant director.

Top of the play. Adam and Matt banter their way through various schemes:

Beth reports from the ball game:

Beth and Matt steel themselves to stab Adam:

Adam returns as a ghost:

Scene at the tech table as we take ten:

Toil and Trouble

Posted in General Production, Student Work on October 5th, 2017 by Eric Appleton

We worked our way through half the show last night during first tech, and since lighting is more or less done with the stage (until notes later on), painting takes precedence.

Here student set designer Lilliana works with Intro student Escher on glazing planks:

Student lighting design has a confab with our TD, Ruth:

And student sound designer, Alex takes a breather.

Lilliana demonstrates her graining technique for the camera:

Finally, Escher glazes planking on the steps:

Toil and Trouble

Posted in Uncategorized on October 2nd, 2017 by Eric Appleton

We’ve started focus for “Toil and Trouble.” Here are some photos from Friday’s work call.

We start with student ME Abby working on patching the show into the board:

And here’s Brent marking the plot up with what has been focussed and taking work notes:

Student lighting designer Emily thinking about how wide to flood a fresnel:

Pausing for a moment with the work lights on:

And while all that was going on, a team was also installing all the railings on the risers: