Theatre

Set Design for “A Christmas Carol”

In August, Scott Thomas asked if I’d help with the set design for “A Christmas Carol”.  He’s directing it for the Saint John Theatre Company and it will be performed at the Imperial Theatre November 17 – 19, 2011. He was looking for a set that  brought the story closer to the audience, and that could be used for both indoor and outdoor scenes. I know that there will be a few minor adjustments, but here is what I gave them to start with. The maquette is 1/2″ to 1′. I am looking forward to seeing the show!

Set Design Maquette for "A Christmas Carol" November 2011

Set Design Maquette for "A Christmas Carol" November 2011

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Rocky Horror

Thanks to Sandra, Beth, and Colin for a fun night out at Rocky Horror. It was a fun show!

Beth, myself, Sandra & Colin at Rocky Horror
Beth, myself, Sandra & Colin at Rocky Horror

Autobahn – A Play That I’m Directing

Autobahn, written by Neil Labute, is a collection of seven one-act plays set within the confines of the front seat of a vehicle. Each of these seven vignettes explores the ethos of perception and relationships.

 

funny

 A woman (who doesn’t say a word) driving her daughter home from rehab.
Cast: young woman, older woman

bench seat

  A make-out session gone awry.
Cast: guy and girl – he’s a university teaching assistant, while she works at WalMart, so early 20’s

all apologies

  A husband apologizing to his wife (who doesn’t say a word).
Cast: husband and wife

merge

  A wife feels the need to explain her recent business trip infidelity to her husband.
Cast: husband and wife

long division

 A man trying to convince his friend to get his gaming console back from his ex-girlfriend. (the friend does not speak)
Cast: 2 men

road trip

 A kidnapping thinly disguised as a road trip.
Cast: 1 man, 1 young teen – male or female

autobahn

 A couple that had been foster parents to a troubled kid. (The woman does all of the talking).
Cast: 1 man, 1 woman

Recuperation

It was a busy October. After the Marco Polo musical, I had to travel for work for a week. That was a successful trip (whew!) and I did get to visit some of my extended family on my dad’s side, whom I hadn’t seen in years – what a nice treat to see everyone doing so well! I got back and all I wanted to do was sleep. My first weekend home was a chance to clear out my garden plot, get groceries, and actually clean my apartment. Things I hadn’t had time for in weeks. Also, I’d twinged my lower back while set-painting, so it was the first time in a few weeks that I was actually able to do these things, let alone having the time to. It felt nice to be home, and it was great to spend time with my cats again.

Marco Polo – The Musical

All that work… the last two months have been pretty intensive as we worked to bring this musical to life. We’d never done such a large show, and at Harbour Station it was a technical feat. Thank goodness for having great teams of people working on it. Kudos to everyone who worked on it. It was tiring but worth it. A good learning experience, a great group of folks, and fantastic music (written by Mark Blagrave, composed by Richard Kidd, and brought to life by Antonio Delgatio and the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra, as well as the Saint John High School Choir and the Rothesay Netherwood Choir, and our cast of 32 SJTC folks, not to mention the huge crew of SJTC volunteers, as well as all of the technicians that worked with us to make this happen.)


Another Marco Polo Set Piece

Thankfully I had some great help with set painting from Tim & Lynda & Sally & Sally’s boyfriend. We got the wails and wooden setpieces painted in a couple of evenings (in between rehearsals on the weekend), and then during rehearsal on Monday, I got the ship’s agent’s sign done. It’s been a busy week…

Thanksgiving & “ship building/deconstruction”

We needed a toy ship that could be featured in the show that looked as though a young girl from the 1880′s would play with it, but would also represent the Marco Polo clipper ship better than a sailboat. I found this display version of a Spanish Armada ship at a local used book store for $10, and I took it home and pried all f the plastic bits off, took it apart, sanded it down and then put it back together. That was my Thanksgiving Monday.

Marco Polo – the Musical: Rehearsals

As soon as I got back from my trip, my evenings and weekends have been devoted to working on the show. I’m Assistant Directing it, and until we get a Stage Manager, I’m filling in with that as well. We were all pretty pumped once we got a chance to rehearse the music with the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra…

Marco Polo – The Musical: Set Concept Painting

I‘ve been working on this over the past couple of weeks and I’m so glad to be done. It includes one 3/4 sized ship that holds 80 chorus members, the NB Youth Orchestra, acting areas, some props, actors, projections on the sails, 2 large video screens, and indications of the audience. (All at Harbour Station on October 23rd, 2010!)

Reading, LEGO gaming, Marco Polo Auditions

I finally finished “Water for Elephants” by Sara Gruen. What a great read. It was our book club pick from a couple of months ago and I had left things to late to read it before we met up. It’s worth picking up and reading – a well written story that was quite interesting and entertaining. It even made me laugh out loud a few times. I guess they are making a movie based on the book – starring Robert Pattison and Reese Witherspoon. I hope they do a good job of it.

I also picked up and read our latest book club pick, “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” by Stieg Larson. It took a bit to get into, with all of the Swedish names and places, but it turned out to be a real page-turner. I burned through it in a few short evenings and it’s a pretty sizable read. I guess they have made a movie about it that was released on DVD this week. I know they are also planning on filming another version of it starring Daniel Craig that’s set for release in 2012. I’ll likely watch both versions. Now if you’ve read this book, then I highly recommend checking out Nora Ephron’s hilarous spoof in The New Yorker: http://www.newyorker.com/humor/2010/07/05/100705sh_shouts_ephron.

I haven’t been knitting much lately. Instead, I got sucked into playing LEGO Harry Potter on the Xbox 360, among a variety of other games. As for what knitting I have been doing, I’ve ever so slowly been picking away at a variety of unfinished projects. Slowly but surely… tonight I did get a few rows of knitting done while I helped to facilitate the auditions for “Marco Polo – The Musical” (which will be at Harbour Station in October). I’ll be there Saturday and Sunday afternoons as well. Hopefully we’ll get a decent turnout despite the possibly rainy weather.