Magazine article Stage Directions

Tell Us How Did You Do That?

Magazine article Stage Directions

Tell Us How Did You Do That?

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Welcome to the October 2019 edition of Stage Directions magazine. I hope that your fall 2019 seasons/new productions will hit the boards to rave reviews.

As you are diving into your new designs, breaking down your renderings and construction documents for your shops, planning how to make some clever prop, costume, or special effect-think of us and our Stage Directions' readers. If you have a clever solution-simple or complex-let us know about it. Why not share your creation or solution with the wider theater community?

This month has several examples of these articles. I have sound artist, Brad Berridge writing about creating a cost-effective wireless speaker system for animatronics and puppets in Answer Box; lighting designer, Chris Wood was lighting Sweeney Todd at Oregon Cabaret Theatre and he documented sound designer Graham Howatt's 3D printed steam whistle that actors controlled. Those both came from an email pitch. Lighting designer and fire department captain, Brent Stainer wrote about fire safety in theaters. Again, this came from an email exchange after he, and Camille Taliaferro-Barber, wrote last month about a safe volley of arrows onstage for a production about Joan of Arc.

Our ongoing Contributing Writer, Proptologist Jay Duckworth writes a monthly column and this month he looked at teaching himself 3D printing. In the last few months, prop master and professor, Larry Heyman has written about creating blood and money (separately!) for us, as has prop artisans Jessica Culligan who I interviewed about her non-staining ink recipe; and Alison Mantilla about her props department creating chandeliers. …

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