Archive for September, 2013


Posted in Drawings, Scenic Design on September 11th, 2013 by Eric Appleton

Dracula Sept 10 with curtains

Still working on “Dracula” details and figuring out fabric on Sketchup. Here’s an image with curtains! Which were mentioned in the script, but the director doesn’t want them after all.


Posted in General Production, Scenic Design on September 11th, 2013 by Eric Appleton



The semester begins and the shops are now open. The students from Introduction to Theatre spend their lab time working in the shops on the department proudctions, so here, on day three of construction (under the supervision of TD Steve Chene), the platforms for “Dracula” are largely in place in the Hicklin Theatre. With the dance classes now taking place in the new dance studio, we’ve reclaimed the black box for academic year performance; “Dracula” is the first school year show in the Hicklin is quite some time.

Jack and the Magic Beans

Posted in Drawings, Scenic Design on September 6th, 2013 by Eric Appleton


Picking back up with “Jack and the Magic Beans,” the second show of our season at UW-Whitewater. This is our touring children’s show of the year, with only a single performance on our mainstage before we send it off to area grade schools. This means that the set has to fit into a small panel truck (12 feet long or so), fit through whatever doors the schools have, be able to be set up with relative ease and speed by the actors, as well as be flexible enough that the scenic elements can be shifted on site as needed to accomodate performance spaces of various sizes and limitations.


Back in the Spring our costume designer, Tracey Lyons, suggested a Nordic folk feel to things, so I’ve been researching Nordic folk art, from rosemaling to woodcrafts to quilt patterns, threw in a dose of Richard Scarry’s Busy Busy World, and come up with what I hope will be a colorful storybook environment with a Scandinavian feel.


Folding screens will frame the space and provide masking. Other scenic elements will be flat and foldable and easily shifted during full-view scenic changes. The second act takes place entirely within the giant’s castle, so scale becomes an issue where flatness and ‘folk’art’ perspective will help — think Colorforms. . .