Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Dracula, 1992

Program Cover

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Brighton Beach Memoirs, 1992

Program Cover

Construction Photos

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A Christmas Carol, 1991

In 1991 we did a production of A Christmas Carol which turned out to be the first of three productions the show over the next five years.
It was a big production with 40 members in the cast and both a choir and chorus of 25 each listed in the program.
To be honest I do not remember what the choir and chorus did, I think we had some singers backstage, but not 50 people.

The cast had many college students plus a mixture of faculty, staff, alumni and young children.
There was also several musicians who walked about the stage playing during the show.
The set was a bit abstract with several levels of platforms and panels from Stamping, Shouting & Singing Home modified and reused.

Program Cover

To the translucent panels 1 inch strips of 1/4 " ply were added every few inches.
There was some special effects for this show but not as many that would be used two years later in the next production of A Christmas Carol.

There was at least one funny moment during tech when some of the effects did not work and it left Dick St. George, who was playing Scrooge, just standing there looking silly.
From the tech table we all laughed and yelled out "Just look scared Dick and it will be all right".

We did the 6 regular performances plus 3 school matinees of the show and made a ton of money, so much that we decided to do it again two years later.
I do not remember anything else special about this production but the one in 1993 would offer many more challenges and stories I will share as I move forward in my Blog.

If any of my readers worked on this or any other productions described in this Blog have any special memories or stories please share them in the comment box.

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Sunday, May 31, 2015

The Diary of Anne Frank, 1991

I have written many times here how much I have enjoyed working on a particular show and I know that I may seem that I loved all the shows that I have worked on over the years, but the 1991-92 season at Brockport was one of the best all-around seasons of plays that I have ever worked on.
Each play in the season was well done, had great casts and challenging sets to work on.
We were lucky at that time that we had a great core of tech students who enjoyed working on the plays.

I was the second time while I was at Brockport that we did The Diary of Anne Frank.
We had done the same show about eight years earlier and it should no surprise to readers of this Blog that we still had set pieces from that production in stock and were able to use several old pieces in the new set.

Program Cover

We used several windows and building top cut-outs on the skyline upstage of the set.
The same big sink was used and I am sure that some of the same furniture must have been used.
Although it was not really seen by the audience we welded a spiral staircase to the upper level.
It was one of the first pieces that we used our new MIG welder on.

Unlike today we did school matinees for many of the productions back then.
I think that year we were able to do matinees for all four productions which added nicely to our income that year.

More details and photos to follow.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

"Loose Ends" April 2015

Another school year is almost over and we just opened our last production of the year.

We have three more performances of Loose Ends by Michael Weller.

There are a few more musical performances to do before the end of the school year.
More photos from this past school year as well as many previous years can be found on the college's web site:

The summer does not look too busy yet, we will host 5 freshmen orientation sessions onstage in July.
But first we will have an event that I have never worked on before.
I have worked on all kinds of plays, musicals, opera, dance, lectures and speeches, but June 6th we are hosting part of the summer Special Olympics.
The weightlifting events will be held on the Mainstage.
I just have to turn on some basic lights and a microphone or two.

We just selected our season of plays for the next school year.

The Foreigner
by Larry Shue
October 9-11, 22-24 
As You Like It
by William Shakespeare
December 4-6, 10-12 
by Jack Heifner
February 26-28 and March 3-5 
by Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman
April 22-24, 28-30

Details to all these events are to follow.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

1991-92 Season

The 1991-92 season was the most successful season of plays that I have ever worked on.
Every show was very well done and we made lots of money.
Everyone always says that masking money is not the primary goal but boy it makes things easy.
The profitable productions help pay for those which might be wonderful shows but do not bring in any audience.

Our season in 1991-92 was:

 The Diary of Anne Frank

A Christmas Carol

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Dracula's Cave

 Brighton Beach Memoirs

Construction Photo

 I am behind in scanning my photos and have many stories from this season but I will be adding them all soon.

This was a crazy time for me, lots of work and changes in my life and I really felt I grew a lot as a teacher, designer and person that year.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Festival of Ten - IX

Festival of Ten -IX opens Friday.

This production and all the crazy snow is what has been keeping me busy lately.

Photos from 1st Dress