Archive for February, 2014

Into the Woods

Posted in Uncategorized on February 20th, 2014 by Eric Appleton

Tonight is final dress, so we’re hitting the last things on the list.

Here’s Anna doing touch ups on the facing.

Joe teaches Alison how to use the band saw.

Joe adds the little lavender crenelations.

Into the Woods

Posted in General Production on February 15th, 2014 by Eric Appleton

Getting ready to tech the first act this afternoon, so we’re having a rare Saturday morning work call (and no, the cyc hasn’t been stretched yet. It will be).

Molly, Keri, and Alison get Cinderella’s mother’s tree covered in muslin.

Quinn, Thad, and a student unknown to me work on the Baker’s bakery shelf unit.

Here they are again, carrying some lumber past Jack’s fireplace.

The Baker’s oven.

Milky White, closer to completion. I failed at drawing her eye, so Anna, who grew up on a dairy farm will be adding that detail later.

And the giant’s wife’s hand is almost done. Need to reattach the strings and hit some drips and away it goes.

Into the Woods

Posted in General Production on February 14th, 2014 by Eric Appleton

Work progresses, as we head into tech this weekend. Here’s propsmistress Keri painting the harp, complete with naked lady.

TA Logan and Intro to Tech student Colton put together the frame of the fireplace for Cinderella’s house.

My project this afternoon was painting the boughs — here are some in the early stages. . .

. . . and in a later stage.

Finally, a shot of the stage as we clean up at the end of the day.

Into the Woods

Posted in General Production on February 11th, 2014 by Eric Appleton

Today’s pictures feature our TD, Steve Chene, working on the tree frames. Here is the first one, waiting on sawhorses while he cuts something for student Anastasia.

Here he and TA Thad work on the second frame.

And at the end of the day, we put the first one into position. It’s going to be a looooong week.

Romeo and Juliet and Into the Woods

Posted in General Production, Scenic Design on February 7th, 2014 by Eric Appleton

First, since we have rotating units that get used from all angles and they’ve already started blocking and fight choreography, I’ve started putting together some rough models Romeo and Juliet can have in rehearsal to better understand what that have to work with.

Then, in the shop, we’re starting in on trees and tree frames for Woods. We’re painting all the bits of the frames before assembly — which will make life much, much easier.

Since we’re going to eighteen feet on threes, we have to lengthen the sonotube elements. In the back, there, TA Keri works on covering the tubes with muslin in preparation for painting.

My project for the afternoon was working on the giant hand. The fingers will eventually be articulated, but I wanted them to at least get to work with it for size and weight over the weekend.

And here’s TA Anna lost in the forest. . .

Romeo and Juliet

Posted in Drawings, Scenic Design on February 6th, 2014 by Eric Appleton

Had a talk with the director of Romeo and Juliet, Angela Iannone, the other day, and made more progress on the two pivoting units. Some elements are placeholders — the scaffold will probably not be simply pipe, and the glass block is there to stand in for eventual translucent elements. But I think we’re close.

Now to build actual models of the units so folks like the fight choreographer can start seeing how these work in the space.

Into the Woods

Posted in General Production on February 5th, 2014 by Eric Appleton

All sorts of exciting deliveries today! First, our new inventory of lighting equipment — lots of LED fixtures as well as Source Four Juniors for the Hicklin.

The sonotube for the Woods trees also arrived.

Happy Intro to Tech students painting the underside of the step unit we added.

And then a bit later, cutting lap joints for the sides of the tree frames.

Finally, hang began today. That’s student M.E. Nick leaning over a pipe as he supervises the crew hanging student designer Jayson’s plot.

Into the Woods

Posted in General Production on February 3rd, 2014 by Eric Appleton

I managed to snap Intro to Tech students Molly and Alison just when they stopped working on bracing and looked like they were having fun.

Originally, the ladder up to Rapunzel’s platform was angled and constructivist. It proved to be too dangerous for the actors, so when in doubt, yank it out and replace it with one of the ladders we saved from Three Penny Opera. I will probably have to tuck one or two other ladders about the set for consistency’s sake.

My afternoon project was to get started on the giant hand. Eventually, I plan to hinge the joints on the digits so that the two crew people who carry it on can wrap them around the narrator before dragging him away.

Romeo and Juliet

Posted in Drawings, Scenic Design on February 3rd, 2014 by Eric Appleton

Working up arrangements for the two central pivoting units for our upcoming steampunk Romeo and Juliet.

Into the Woods

Posted in General Production on February 3rd, 2014 by Eric Appleton

I remove the weight that was keeping parts in place as the glue dried on the new Milky White, while the old template leans against the work table, looking on, or rather, away. . .

And here it is, the almost finished, unpainted Milky White. One of my projects this afternoon is to add the udder.

Meanwhile, stage manager and assistant propsmaster Alyssa works on flowers and baked goods. . .

. . .and Intro to Tech student Sean works on the ladder leading up to Rapunzel’s platform. . .

. . . while Intro to Tech student Cassandra and TA Anna paint bracing (while Milky White looks on).