Saturday, January 25, 2014
A Star is Born
I was asked to design a concert/cabaret type set for the fund raiser for Pentacle Theater. My friend Jeff Witt was the director. When we originally talked the show was to be a Disney review. A few weeks before it opened the show format had to change because they didn't have rights to the Disney songs. I quickly changed to a Broadway review with a few Disney songs. Still, I wanted the look to be as classy as possible. I also needed to spend as little money as possible because the point of the show is to earn money.
I started by borrowing platforms, legs and stairs from Central High School. While we were working on the Willy Wonka set I had a few people put the legs on the platforms and paint it with some left over paint I had from previous sets. We ordered 30 yards of trico fabric and I made 3 drops with left over grommet tape. We borrowed trailers and hauled it all over to Chemekata in Salem. Within a couple hours we were able to get the platforms and stairs up with most of the net Christmas lights we had borrowed hung.
I tied a knot in each of the white panels and then secured the know a little higher so that the panels puffed out a bit. Then we fanned out the base. We were able to borrow 20 matching stools for the performers as well. Pentacle Theater had a chandelier. We added crystals for some bling.
I finished off with the plants we made for The Secret Garden and tons of spray glitter.
I then used color lighting to change the look of the set with each song and performance. I loved how versatile it turned out to be... simple yet elegant. Not only people impressed with the look, they were impressed with the price. I think I spent less than $400 total. win for me!