posted by Director Eric Brant
I hope everyone had a glorious Father's Day. Part of mine was devoted to doing prep for the traveling set that will be used for our production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. It was a little lonely working on my own, but I was able to get a lot of gears drawn so that other volunteers can begin cutting them out. We're doing the show in a Steampunk style so I had to draw and make gears for the decorative aspects of the scenery which we will be using for both the park and the Chicago Street Theatre performances of the show. For those of you who may not be familiar with the Steampunk style it incorporates elements of Victoria garments with gears and other mechanical pieces.
Over the weekend our amazing costumer JoBeth Cruz had her crew constructing some of the garments and wig pieces for the show. Two weeks ago or so she put out a request for anyone who may have old clocks or mechanical oddities that she can use in the creation of our fairy wings, hats, spats and armor. For the set we also need these elements. The stylized forest we are making for the production will also be using gears (lots and lots of gears) as folliage for trees and bushes. We're also using old umbrellas, bicycle sprockets, tire frames and possibly damaged brass instruments if we can have them donated.
Mel McColley and Mike Strayer are working on the main wall units and doorways for the set and could use the help of anyone with carpentry skills or even just a second or third set of arms for what they are building. We'll hopefully have a lot of it ready to be used by the cast in the next week or two. Our build days are Sundays after 1 PM at the theatre. Of course we're not necessarily limited to the weekends; we also need lot of folks to cut out the hundreds of gears that we're assembling out of card board, plywood and foam board. So if you have a skill saw and X-Acto knives....WE NEED YOU!!!!
I'm hoping that with enough volunteers, we'll be able to start working with the set that thousands of people we see when the show opens at Central Park Plaza on July 13th. If you have an hour or half hour to spare stop by the theatre, I'm sure we can find something for you to do that will be truly appreciated.