Thought Tuesday

Designing Lighting for Savannah Sipping Society

I had the opportunity to design lighting for Savannah Sipping Society, which was a part of the 2018 season at Pentacle Theatre.  My friends, Jeff Witt and Dani Potter directed this delightful comedy with more sass than a glass of fine French wine (or so I'm told since I don't drink).  When I read the… Continue reading Designing Lighting for Savannah Sipping Society

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The Shocking Amount Created in 5 Weeks at CET

You may be shocked to see just how many shows I design, organize and build, get performance ready and then strike, all within a 5 week period.  I also manage and track the progress of the other tech staff (props, puppets, masks, lighting and sound).  I do pick up a saw or a drill or… Continue reading The Shocking Amount Created in 5 Weeks at CET

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It is hard to recreate something you built before.  It never quite recreates with the same amazing look.  Although I like how the set for Lion King Jr at CET has come together, but the original set is a work I love!  Click here to read about that show and that set. The director for… Continue reading

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Teaching Basic Skills

Right now, at CET, I am teaching a beginning tech theatre class.  The majority of the students in my class are between 4th and 7th grade.  This past week I taught them a 3 day unit on costuming.  We didn't make anything a person could wear.  We learned basic hand sewing skills.  We learned how… Continue reading Teaching Basic Skills

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4 Weddings and No Funeral… Which Show is Which?

I had a fun time with a few of my Thespians over the Independence Day celebration.  They decided to enter a float for the annual 4th of July parade.  I was tired of the "float" we had done for the past few years.  I just didn't want to get out the Cinderella pumpkin carriage once… Continue reading 4 Weddings and No Funeral… Which Show is Which?

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Modeling Reality – Set Models

I am off and running on my next theatre adventure... Children's Educational Theatre (CET). I work as the Tech Director for CET. I am responsible for the set designs for 5 shows, lighting for 2 shows, and helping other tech staff getting their assigned jobs done (sound for 9 shows, props for 8 shows, puppets… Continue reading Modeling Reality – Set Models

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Fantasy Exploration

The stage makeup class that I help with has been exploring techniques for designing and applying fantasy stage makeup.  My friend begins the unit by having the students research other fantasy makeup designs.  They are assigned to collect 10 pictures that inspire them.  Most of the time they choose other works of art.  They have… Continue reading Fantasy Exploration

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Lion King – a Circle of Life

As I contemplated what I should write about for Theatre Thursday, it dawned on me that I had not truly written about my experience with Lion King Jr. at Central High School.  A major slip on my part.  LOL. Okay... I wrote about painting the floor here.  I wrote about carving the foam set here.… Continue reading Lion King – a Circle of Life

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Dusting the Floor

I get a ton of questions about how I painted the floor for Lion King Jr.  Here is the secret: I used feather dusters. I feather duster is a great way to create a subtle textured effect. I start with a base.  For Lion King Jr  I choose two base colors; one base for the… Continue reading Dusting the Floor

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Carving out the Savannah – creating foam rocks

There are 3 more performances of Lion King Jr.  I love the work of art we have created.  It is truly beautiful... a visual feast! As the set designer, I needed to keep things simple.  With 63 cast members, I needed as much floor space as possible.  I also needed to create Pride Rock, an… Continue reading Carving out the Savannah – creating foam rocks