Theatre Thursday

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

Theatre Thursday

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

Theatre Thursday

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

Thought Tuesday

Adulting 101 – Remembering Bob the Builder – Basic Home Repair Tools

I spend my days teaching kids the basics of simple home repair tools.  You would be surprised how many teens and young adults don't have the first idea of how to use a hammer, a drill, or even, to measure something with a tape measure.  I believe firmly that ever young adult should be able… Continue reading Adulting 101 – Remembering Bob the Builder – Basic Home Repair Tools

Theatre Thursday

Unlocking Potential Through Theater Education

Studying theatre can be a great starting point for careers such as teaching, law, and politics, not to mention broadcasting and performing. If this is the case why are classes in the performing arts the first classes on the chopping block when budgets get tight. This week I had the opportunity to speak to the… Continue reading Unlocking Potential Through Theater Education

Theatre Thursday

Lessons from Addams Family… Round Two

Before I begin I must give credit to my friend, and talented photographer, John Bruning, for the excellent photos of our process and production.  His talents and contributions for our theatre program can not be measured.  He is truly a valuable member of our team! We recently (well, a month ago) closed our production of… Continue reading Lessons from Addams Family… Round Two

Theatre Thursday

Painting Grandma

Our stage makeup class just finished the old age unit.  Just in time to apply those lessons to work on the cast of Addams Family the Musical.  Grandma needed some work. Here are the steps we taught the students to create a great old age makeup for the stage. The first step is RESEARCH.  We… Continue reading Painting Grandma

Theatre Thursday

If You Build It They Will Come – Addams Family Set

A week ago we closed Addams Family the Musical at Central High School.  What a fun show! We started rehearsals a week before school started.  We also started building the set on the weekends.  My building team consisted of the kids in the cast, the kids in my tech theater class and a couple dads… Continue reading If You Build It They Will Come – Addams Family Set

Theatre Thursday

A How-to – Painting a Large Scale Design on a Stage Floor

I've had several people ask just how I create what I create... all with kids.  First key ingredient... I have GREAT KIDS to work with.  They learn quickly; they are willing to learn; they work hard. Last weekend 16 kids (2 of my own kids), and my co-worker, came together to paint the floor for… Continue reading A How-to – Painting a Large Scale Design on a Stage Floor

Theatre Thursday

Building Flexible Ship Stairs for Escape Stairs

As I looked at my stock stairs and the narrow "backstage" area I needed them to sit in, I realized it was time to invest in a "new" stock item.  I needed something that could be flexible as escape stairs... anywhere from 3 feet high to 10 feet high... time to build ship stairs.  I… Continue reading Building Flexible Ship Stairs for Escape Stairs