I had to be creative with the construction of this set. We couldn't put the set on the stage until 1 week before tech. The stage was rented out to a different production. I had to come up with a way to get my set pieces down in a timely manner, all while keeping out of the way of the rental show.
Just so you have a clue what that mean... I come up jobs to keep 30-40 kids with very little skills busy, plus a handful of adults and 2 guys that have a clue. I have to be very organized and I have to be able to communicate through my drawings as well as verbally, what each job entails. Often, it means I have to teach them what to do. Always, it means I run laps around the theater space checking and re-checking all jobs in progress, and keeping track of every student in the building. It is pretty amazing that I can answer 40 questions and yell at a kid in the rafters at the same time and never need to look around. LOL
I started with the small stuff first. I had the kids make a scarecrow... they were a little creative with their construction ideas, but they eventually got the job done.
These funny kids took 6 hours to work on a fence for the back of the set... it had to be finished the following week at the next work party. The thing is, I want this set to be kid made. I want them to take ownership for their production. I want them to look at the set and feel proud that they "did that". Thus, I let it go. I let them figure out the plans. I let them measure and cut and secure.
They built the frame...