My summer was crazy busy... per usual over the past 8 years ... working at Children's Education Theatre. Going into the season I knew it would be my last season. It was also the last season to be held in The Rose Theatre at South Salem High School. I knew I needed to go out… Continue reading That’s a Wrap – CET 2019
One afternoon, after a particularly busy day at the state Thespian Festival, my friend Jeff approached me and said he had signed us up to do something new. It was a crazy idea. Three schools, three casts, one show. I immediately said, "no!" He didn't listen. Thus began my journey with "Jeff's Wild Hair." There… Continue reading Putting it Together – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
I figure it is about time I blogged about the shows I've worked on this year. I will start with the life lessons learned from our first show in the season, Mamma Mia. First, if you want to check out how we created a beautiful Greek island on our little school theatre stage, check out… Continue reading Restoring Joy Through Mamma Mia!
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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