More Show Photographs
Here are some more photographs and additional stories.
This is another show from Lincoln College. As it turns out, it is the last show I did there. Not only did I design the scenery, but I also directed.
Here you can see Count Dracula trying to put the whammy on Van Helsing.
This was a very interesting set. The walls appeared to be black and white, but in reality they "black" was really an amalgam of four different colors. The "old timers" who are reading this will be interested to know that the set is made from traditional flats, but instead of canvas or muslin they are covered with Navy surplus raw silk. Why raw silk? Well, at 17¢ per yard it was very hard to go wrong.
Remind me to some day tell you about the very last performance....
The Apple Tree
These photos are out of chronological order. This is The Apple Tree, and it was the first musical that I did at Lincoln College. It was just about the last musical I did there, too. But that is another story.
This is a fairly horrible photo, but it is one of the few, so it is not worth complaining about. The main feature of this show was a full size apple tree. In fact, it was over size. We were doing an entire year's worth of shows (four main ones and a couple of small productions) on a $3500 budget. In graduate school we would spend that much money on props for one show alone.
The apple tree itself (unfortunately it is not on view in this picture) was a victim of the tight budget. It was necessary for one of the actresses climb into the tree. Due to cost we could either have an apple tree that was strong enough to climb into, or one that had leaves, but not both. The director elected for a leaf-less climb-able tree.
We just told folks it was fall.
Here is the Lincoln College version of Pygmalion, by George Bernard Shaw. This was a tricky set. Not only were we shy on cash, but, as usual, the limitations of the theatre caused us to be rather creative. This is a show that was originally intended (back in 1912) to be performed in a traditional theatre with flies over the stage, decent wings, and all the accoutrements. Of course, we did not have any of that.
Each set piece what on wheels and could be spun around. By doing that we could combine and recombine everything to do double, or even triple, duty.
Here's another one from Lincoln College. This is Ibsen's A Doll's House. We did this "way back when." It featured what I came to call the "magic chain saw" effect. The idea was that if you had a standard room you could open it up with a chain saw. Then you could squish the wall around so that everyone could see the action.
That is why you see cut-down wall, including a fireplace, on all sides. The "wall paper" was all stenciled by had and had about 7 different colors.
I will add more photos here as time allows. Please check back again.