Candide Behind the Curtain: The Scene Shop

Candide Behind the Curtain: The Scene Shop

MUSIC The crew is working very hard building set pieces for our show. SINGING In one scene, we need a bath tub! And so, as is theatrical device, we’re not bringing a real bathtub. They’ve researched to find what bathtubs looked like in the latter half of that century, and they’ve created something that they’ve built from scratch. We’ve built the basic structure of a bathtub, and I’m building it out with pieces of foam. And it’s a lot of fun. It’s sticky. And then we use the hot iron to carve it down. DRILL SOUND We are just building a staircase… escape stairs… for Candide. And I’m doing this for my tech theatre class. I think it’s fun. It’s cool to be part of a production like this. It’s really hands-on compared to most classes you take. I fear I no longer have a home. Indeed I barely know where I am. With the need for Candide to travel to so many locations during the production, we needed a set that would transform, and our designer came up with the idea of creating a system of mini-curtains that could be manipulated during the production to give the set a feeling of change and a new sense of place. During an earthquake, the students shake them and you see this massive trembling effect on stage. RUMBLE This only works because of so many, many hours students spent hand-dying the curtains, which needed to be an hombre effect from a lighter to a darker shade, so that when we move them they can have, and give a different appearance, depending on how they’re lit. Why is this door locked? Open this door! Onc of the locations is a wealthy banker’s home in Portugal. And so, they’ve done some research and created some beautiful marbling effects by painting. And it can be a little thicker in some spots. It can come up thru some of it. But then we’ll add just that other layer of dimension. So, it’s pretty huge and it’s pretty detailed. And I’ve never done anything like that, so it’s been fun to learn. Right now I’m working on painting the false prescenium. It’s a 60 foot wide by over 20 foot tall centerpiece that frames the stage. So, as you’re looking at it from the audience, it’s the picture frame that everybody’s looking thru. It’s actually a flat surface that they’re painting to look like a 3-dimensional carving, with images that are from all of the stories and adventures that Candide takes during the show. This is great. It’s everybody’s dream to paint something this big and detailed. And it’s a nice relaxing break from all of the classes and stuff to be able to come in and to paint something this big, which is cool. BANGING, CRANKING, SLIDING We are setting up the majority of the set for Candide. These two guys don’t actually get pulleys. They’re permanently swagged for the entire show. This is the only main stage show that I’ve been able to do as an undergraduate here at the university. I’ve TD’d shows for the student productions and for the Nebraska Repertory Theatre, and some outside projects, but this is probably the largest-scale show I’ve worked on so far. Load-in is always a little exciting because you finally see things fall into place after months of planning and drawings and discussions and arguments and problem-solving, and it finally comes together. And you’re hopefully proud of what you’ve accomplished. SINGING

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