Wizard of Oz: Bed

in Wizard of Oz, we had Dorothy riding on the bed during the cyclone scene.

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Production Photo:

Photo credit: Phoenix Theatre

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2015 Stencil Painting

At Phoenix Theatre, I created numerous painted products using stencils I created.

Applause! Gala 2015

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Wizard of Oz, munchkin land

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Chicago: Jury Stand

For the court scene in Chicago, I was in charge of building the jury stand. I started with a draft, and build the stand myself.

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Chicago: Fans

For Chicago, I had to create 12 feather fans that were large enough to cover show girls. I started with an empty fan and a bag of ostrich feathers.

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Production Photo:

Photo credit: Phoenix Theatre

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One Touch of Venus: Scenic Painting

The scenic design for One Touch of Venus made every scenic unit double sided, one with a painting, and the other with scenic pieces. This is the piece I was asked to recreate.

 

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Brigadoon: Bar

For Brigadoon, with the help of the other props artists, we built the bar for the scene in New York City. It had light up panels in the front and side, and rolled on stage.

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Children of Eden: Elephant Masks

For Children of Eden, we needed large animal masks to represent the animals on the arc. I created the two elephant masks.

Process Shots:

The masks were sculpted from clay to create a mold for the vacuform. The vacuform copies were then filled with Great Stuff to give the masks stability.

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The ears were created from cloth and wire, as to give the ears a more realistic movement.

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Finished Masks:

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Photo Credit: David Grapes II

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Children of Eden:Props Master

Children of Eden was my final production at the University of Northern Colorado. It was a great opportunity to explore large mask making, and exploring a natural setting.

Prop walk through:

At my university, before tech started, we would walk through the props with the directors and designers to identify if any changes needed to be made before entering the space.

Bowls covered in paint and sawdust (left), the props set up (right)

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Animal Masks:

For our production, our director wanted eight sets of animals to represent some of the animals going onto Noah’s arc.

Bear clay mold (left), Painted lion (right)

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Alligators with example of how they are mounted.

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Production Photos:

Photo Credit: David Grapes II

Eve with the apple from the tree of knowledge (left), Father with his staff (right)

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Wildebeest masks (left), Gazelle masks (right)

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Noah on the arc, surrounded by the animal masks and his family

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Side Show: Scenic Designer

Sideshow was my first main stage scenic design. It was performed in our black box theatre, and was performed with thrust seating.

Concept Photo’s and Research

Real poster of Daisy and Violet (left), a 1920’s Freak Show (right)

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Production Photo’s

Photo’s Credit: David Grapes II

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Rotating pictures to set the Freak Show and Vaudeville

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Side Show:Curtains

For Side Show, we needed a main curtain that had a center opening, but was only 8′ X 12′. Instead of ordering them premade, we ordered the fabric (I believe it was Crescent from Roes Brand) and I sewed the curtains myself.

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Production Photo

Photo Credit: David Grapes II

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