Archive for February, 2020

The Addams Family Musical

Posted in Uncategorized on February 26th, 2020 by Eric Appleton

Well, “The Addams Family Musical” opened yesterday, first with the well-attended student matinee, and then the well-attended evening performance. The afternoon was spent working on the set, as I had fallen ill the previous week and a number of things had be abandoned or re-addressed.

I designed scenery. Lighting was by student Nick Sole. Costumes by Tracey Lyons. Props by Siena LoMastro and Jamie Love. Sound designed by Hans Pregler. Music Direction by Dr. Bob Gehrenbeck. Stage manager, Alex Carey. TD., Ruth Conrad-Proulx. My assistant was Abby Lezama-Smith.

To start off with, here’s stage manager Alex heading to the tech table at Sunday’s dress rehearsal.

A pic from the run. Pugsley and Wednesday in the playroom. The ancestors have brought along happy singing birds and butterflies.

Wednesday’s love interest and family arrive, surrounded by ancestors:

A close-up of the love interest’s family with Lurch in front of a family portrait:

What with illness and the set’s state of completion, I didn’t get much in the way of photos at the final dress. Here, though, is a pic of the stage under worklights this afternoon, with the banquet table set up (the yellow stanchions are there to prevent folks from falling into the pit during the day. . . .)

Issues still arise, though. Here’s Megan from earlier today putting some beefier casters on Pugsley’s bed unit:

A few detail images. First, one of the gravestones. Stage management requested that they be part of the joke, so this one conflates Alex’s and Megan’s names:

A close up of the foliage side of one of the flip panels:

The interior side of one of the periaktoi (the sconces were one of the things that had to get cut. Sigh.).

The exterior side of one of the periaktoi. In my rush to get them done Tuesday afternoon, I made the shutters too long. On the other hand, since the flat frame wasn’t built with members to support the exterior elements the window sill ended up on top of the bottom of the window, which left a gap in which to slide the shutters. . .

And then a tour of the backstage, taking photos of elements in the half-light. The students in the technical direction class were each assigned projects on the show. Abby engineered and built the rack:

Alden did the portrait wagon (with frame):

Michelle did Pugsley’s bed unit. It’s on it’s back in this image since Megan was replacing the casters:

I painted the signs that hang above Pugsley’s bed:

I engineered the heretic chair, and then Abby finished it off with panels and paint:

And finally, Grandma’s poison cart, a repurposed drinks trolley that Jamie and Siena filled with stuff.

And now, it’s time to start working on Miss Lulu Betts while the costume shop gears up for Dancescapes.

The Addams Family Musical

Posted in Uncategorized on February 14th, 2020 by Eric Appleton

The light hang for “The Addams Family Musical” is wrapping up. On to the focus! Below are some pics from the last few days. First, I finished painting the platforming and deck:

ME Mary works with other students on hanging lights on the balcony rail:

A close-up of the floor treatment, with one of the periaktoi bases in place:

Here’s KG basing one of the shutter flats for the upstage flip panels:

The play calls for a chair with a spike popping up through the seat. I finally settled on a simple and reliable lever with a catch. Huzzah for the fulcrum!

Action photo. Megan waits for an electric to fly out while TD Ruth darts off to the side:

I had decided that the banquet scene needed a portrait. Here’s the start. It’s loosely based on one of the family portraits seen in an original Charles Addams cartoon:

Megan, ripping narrow pieces of wood:

One of my projects on Thursday was to start blazing through paint treatments. Did four of these vine flats:

Ruth assigned the students in the Technical Direction class projects for the show. Alden is engineering and building the wagon that carries the portrait. Here he is, installing rather beefy jacks on the back of the finished portrait:

I dug out a decent chandelier from storage. Here’s Nick showing me that it does indeed work:

And finally, here’s Megan again, working on the frames for the periaktoi units:


The Addams Family Musical and Advanced Design Seminar

Posted in Uncategorized on February 6th, 2020 by Eric Appleton

On “The Addams Family Musical,” the platforms are all in place and primed. The other day I got base coats on a couple of them (the yellow). I plan to hit the rest today. We’ve also been getting lights hung.

Student ME Mary’s not holding her head in terror — just thinking about what she needs to do next. . .

KG and I started in on painting facing yesterday:

Megan worked on the periaktoi bases:

Here’s Faith helping props manager Siena on the apparently delightful task of adding wings to birds:

This morning, in Advanced Design Seminar, we continued on two tracks. Part of the class went into the costume shop to work on flat patterning, and part remained in the design class room to work on Vectorworks. Here’s the flat patterning group, with Marshall explaining things (I believe darts and hiding darts was on the agenda for the day. . . ):

And here’s Nicolas, Megan, and Alden working through Vectorworks exercises. Today was about layout and line weight.

And as long as I was in the costume shop getting photos of class, here are some of the costume pieces for “The Addams Family” currently under construction: