So, the past week or so I have been focused on getting “And Then There Were None” on stage and then struck at Thomas Jefferson School. All in all, it went great and the kids did an awesome job. I couldn’t be prouder and neither could they.
In addition, at New Line, last Saturday we hung and focused lights. This was my first time to do lights in the Marcelle because Ken has lit the last three New Line shows. I suspected that it would be easier than lighting a show at Wash U South because the fixed seating and no catwalks above meant moving an extension ladder around and working it into the rows of seats. In addition, WUS was not cabled for DMX and did not have auxiliary power outlets scattered in the grid…lessons that I used when planning the Marcelle. That used to take hours just cabling. We finished all of the the hang, cabling, and focus in just 6 hours at the Marcelle! What a difference. Plus, we were able to hang 2/3’s of it from scaffold rolling on the stage. The remaining 1/3 we could reach from a step ladder by moving one row of stack chairs! (more…)
Yea, it’s not the way it sounds…
This weekend, we loaded two shows in two days. On Friday, I loaded the set for “And Then There Were None” and Thomas Jefferson School. While there is still plenty to do before it opens, they have a set to rehearse on this afternoon.
Last Thursday afternoon, Larry, Gary and I took a large load on stuff to the Marcelle and stashed it in the green room since it was a nice day. The pieces for the bar were pretty good size and I was not certain that they would fit through the front door. By loading it on Thursday afternoon, I could have the dock readily available should I need it to get one or more pieces in. Fortunately, even the front bar, which is the biggest piece just fit with less than an inch to spare.
Saturday, Kate, Melanie, Patrick, Patrick’s daughter Lydia and girlfriend Shelly, Kathleen, Richard, Paul and I loaded in and completely installed the set for “Atomic” at New Line. (more…)
This week has been a challenge. After a long but productive weekend last weekend, I was unable to work at all this week. A battle with the common cold curtailed my activities in the scenic shop. So, today I got back at it.
Last weekend I detailed the bar and built the top half of the back bar. This is the last major component of the set to be tackled. Today, Melanie has to work at her real job and Kate is out of town for a couple of days with family. So, I jumped into the shop alone to attack the bottom half of the back bar. It is really just a big box made of 2×2 lumber and covered in luan plywood and I had little trouble dealing with it alone. After making the box (8-feet long, 3-feet high and 1-foot deep), I applied some 1×4 trim to the fact of it to make it look like doors. A 2×2 around the top edge, taped in, makes a counter top. (more…)
Well, we had a productive weekend in the shop. I had committed to spending Friday evening and Saturday designing, focusing and programming lights for a friend who is directing a production of “Fiddler on the Roof” at Looking Glass Playhouse. So, I didn’t get into the shop to work on Atomic until Sunday.
On Thursday, Sharon painted the big wall. So, the first thing that Kate and I did on Sunday morning was to stick the windows and doors back in for a quick photo and then take it apart and store it until load in next week.
The last big piece(s) to build are the front an back bars. There is also a table to build that can hold the weight of an actor, but that is easy…