Strong Poison

Posted in General Production, Scenic Design on March 23rd, 2018 by Eric Appleton

Spring Break begins at the end of the day today, but the shop is still working on the set for “Strong Poison.”

Here’s a photo of students working on the platforming:

In the shop, tech assistant Katie explains how to use the jigsaw:

Two of the Intro to Tech students consider the layout of. . . something:

And a shot of the platforming from the booth:

Earlier in the week, here’s the prop team painting the divination board:

And Michelle working on her scenic painting project — a section of stone:

Tarzan and Strong Poison

Posted in General Production, Scenic Design on March 19th, 2018 by Eric Appleton

After “Street Scene,” the department went straight into “Dancescapes ’18” which had already opened and closes tomorrow night. Last week, I spent time in Milwaukee working with Theatre Gigante on their production of “Tarzan,” written by a Slovakian playwright they met on a recent trip. It opened on Friday and will play for two weekends at UW-Milwaukee’s Kenilworth space. Here are a few pics from the dress rehearsals.

Tarzan calls to his family from the tree:

Tarzan and Jane in their hut at the edge of the Savannah:

Tarzan confronts Mike the Hyena in the middle of the night:

Then, of course, construction has begun on the department’s final show of the season, “Strong Poison,” an adaptation of the Dorothy Sayers mystery novel of the same name. Lots of platforms, so today is about legging things up.

Student Scenic Painting

Posted in Scenic Painting, Student Work on March 5th, 2018 by Eric Appleton

We’re doing an independent study seminar on scenic painting this semester, and the three students have finished their first major project — “Lining a Lichtenstein.” This project is intended to exercise transferring and enlarging an image, color matching, observing detail, and working on lining with a lining stick. Here are Alex, Michelle, and Emily proudly presenting their finished work!

Street Scene

Posted in General Production, Lighting Design, Scenic Design, Scenic Painting, Student Work on February 27th, 2018 by Eric Appleton

We opened “Street Scene” on Sunday. The past few weeks were very busy, and I did not manage to take much in the way of process photos. However, below are pictures from the final dress rehearsal on Friday. Of note are the student stage manager, student sound designer, student supertitle designer, and the fact that I had a student ALD helping me on the lighting (I did both scenery and lighting design on this one). It was directed by Kymberly Mellen, who is new to our department this year. Cast-wise, it’s the largest number of performers on the stage since I’ve been here at Whitewater, and a two story set added to the technical complexity. We made it to the finish line, though.

The top of the show, and how hot it is:

Mrs. Maurrant sings of her loniliness and how trapped she feels:

Mr. Easter tries to tempt Rose with Broadway:

“It’s a murder!”

Rose confronts her father after his capture:

And the cycle continues — how hot it is. . .

Street Scene

Posted in General Production, Scenic Design on January 23rd, 2018 by Eric Appleton

Over the winter break, the technical director and I had talks about the drawings and budgets, after which I went back to the director, who also had some further thoughts, and we’ve modified the set to reflect the conclusions.

We got rid of a set of windows, decided the Hildebrandts and the Buchanans won’t get their own windows (the Hildebrandts are on the fourth floor, after all!). This moved things off center. We also cut one of the lampposts, which is not shown in this image.

Classes started yesterday, the shops are open, and away we go!

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.