Exterior of a School house,
Interior of a School House,
Exterior of a Church
Interior of a Church
Along with a list of period props and other things to set dress as long as my arm!
Once again, I rushed in and didn't get a before picture. Before the red was painted that entire wall looked like the three rows of stone at the bottom.
(The finished Product!)
(The days French Lesson, circa 1843)
(Presidents Taylor & Washington.)
School is now in session! I think im really starting to get the point across to people "just a few really good period props can make all the difference". However the work goes on, with the school house finished inside and out, next up as the Church, previously shown here as the exterior of Cinderellas house.
We wasted no time and started painting, if you haven't figured it out by now this set was about 95% paint effects haha!
(Mary, Co-captain of the set dressing team 'paints the town red')Since all white washed clapboard is period, but boring a row of hedges was added using a paint brush I first made the stems.
(Arch windows and clapboard walls, Damn I'm good!)That paired with coincidental costuming led to the recreating of this picture, what is it they say "Art imitating life?' I give you our version of...
Here again is the very last picture of Cinderella's Kitchen, I owe more to that 'little corner' and the people who helped me get there than most will even know.
The Church interior was painted to match the that of the classroom as both sets will open up to form one large courtroom. For a special effect for the church I wanted to add a stain-glass window that would light up, this was accomplished using white butcher paper, and that trusty kitchen sponge I keep telling you about! I first drew the pattern of the glass out with a pencil.
For the Courtroom we reused the basics of the Cinderella set, but look at what a difference a little paint can make!
In just two weeks time we went from 1697 to 1843!
(Tuckahoe County Court, Case # 53, State Vs. Potter, July 1, 1843)Quite possibly my FAVORITE and most dramatic part of the Courtroom that I came up with, is the break away window. During the trial when Tom testifies that Injun Joe is the one who murdered the Doctor, Injun Joe yells "YOU"RE DEAD BOY" and breaks through the window.
This was accomplished by using blue fabric lightly staples in the frame of the window and making thin would cross pieces for the window frame, it worked really well and it looks great when Joe smashes through the window!
As part of my set dressing job, I help get things just so so in order to bring the stage to life. I truly love creating the world that the actors get to play in ( fixing all this stuff up is half the fun!). Here's what the fullstage looks like.
(Hehe, take a good look at the boats name)
I am absolutely thrilled at how this production has turned out, its a shame it only lasts for two weekends.Once again as I sit here typing this post out it makes everything we do seem so easy, it might not look like much but it takes everything we've got! I'm forgetting to show pictures of the "Cave set" that Joe all but single handedly painted and put together.
Yet again we've upped the quality of the show and it's really paid off! I've been told that its "The best Jr. show set they have ever had" and once again its wowing the patrons. I owe a LOT of thanks to the following people.
(The Team! Patricia/Aunt Polly, Bryson/ Huck Finn, Myself/ Set Dresser Extraordinaire, Sheldon/ Injun Joe, & Joe/ Judge Thatcher)
Of course the team, but a special thanks to the director (Joe) for staying with us until 1:00am -2:00am in the morning the last week, I've thoroughly enjoyed getting to work with you. Larry for building the bones of the set, Mary for coming out to paint, Chris for all the other scenery, the cast, and anyone else that may have in some way lent a helping hand, Thank You everyone!
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One last thing, and then I will wrap this blog up. Since I could find no record album of "Tom Sawyer the musical" I had the cast sign this 1955 limited addition copy I picked up at a garage sale when I was about ten, soon to be on display at the Casablanca.
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