The set of John at the National Theatre with a set design by Chloe Lamford
The set of John at the National Theatre with a set design by Chloe Lamford

Buying the Perfect Props for John at The National Theatre

Michael Eddy

For John, a new play by Annie Baker at UK’s National Theatre, there are hundreds of ornaments, trinkets, and other kooky items on the set, which was designed by Chloe Lamford. In this behind the scenes video, the National’s props supervisor Camilla Winter talks us through how she found them all.
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The making of the 60-foot wall and turning it into a mural. Photos by John Moore for the DCPA NewsCenter.
The making of the 60-foot wall and turning it into a mural. Photos by John Moore for the DCPA NewsCenter.

Behind the Scenes: The Great Wall of American Mariachi

Michael Eddy

In this video from the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Jana Mitchell, charge scenic artist for the DCPA Theatre Company, takes you backstage of the world-premiere play American Mariachi to explain how she and her team brought a giant, 60-foot street mural designed by scenic designer, Regina Garcia to life.

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The seating towers and seating platforms at The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare. Photo by Vito Palmisano
The seating towers and seating platforms at The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare. Photo by Vito Palmisano

See The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare Transform

Michael Eddy

Watch how The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare came about and how it’s nine mobile seating towers can dramatically reconfigure the theater. The former Skyline Stage on Chicago’s Navy Pier was redesigned into a forward-thinking, new venue. The theater space can be easily reshaped for each production’s needs.
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The Mamma Mia backdrop in the paint shop. Photo from Jason Sherwood Design
The Mamma Mia backdrop in the paint shop. Photo from Jason Sherwood Design

Quite a Custom Backdrop for Mamma Mia

Michael Eddy

The recent production of Mamma Mia at Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre had a panoramic, curved sky design from the creative mind of scenic designer, Jason Sherwood. The drop measures 30-feet tall and 80 linear feet long and consists of 2,400 sq. ft. of layered voile and gauze fabrics. Atomic Designs built the custom piece, take a look at this time-lapse video of it being painted.

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The Harry Potter and the Cursed Child marquee at the Lyric Theatre. Photo by Jenny Anderson
The Harry Potter and the Cursed Child marquee at the Lyric Theatre. Photo by Jenny Anderson

Lyric Theatre Marquee Takes Flight for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Michael Eddy

The newly renovated Lyric Theatre marquee on West 43rd Street for the Broadway premiere of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was recently unveiled.With a design by the production’s Set Designer Christine Jones and International Scenic Supervisor Brett J. Banakis, the building now features a 150-foot, 50,000-lb. wing spanning from the theatre’s marquee up the side of the building. The iconic nest with child adorns the top of Lyric Theatre, overlooking 43rd Street.

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Patrick Woodroffe won Best Lighting Design for his lighting of Bat Out of Hell
Patrick Woodroffe won Best Lighting Design for his lighting of Bat Out of Hell

Patrick Woodroffe Wins Whatsonstage Award for Best Lighting Design

Michael Eddy

The 18th annual WhatsOnStage Awards were held on Sunday, February 25th at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London’s West End. These awards are the only major accolades in the UK where the audience are the judges. As the leading lighting supplier to West End theater, White Light sponsored the Best Lighting Design Award which was won by Patrick Woodroffe for his work on Bat Out of Hell.

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A USITT First: The Prop Lab

Stage Directions

With the first ever Prop Lab happening on the USITT Stage Expo floor in Fort Lauderdale, SD asked the prop lab curator, last year’s Early Career Honors speaker, Jay Duckworth, to give us a quick introduction to the all-stars prop team of talent he has brought together.
“When David Grindle called me this summer and said that he wanted to do a Props Lab he stated, ‘I want artists to walk away with something of value.’ So I asked myself, ‘Who would I want to learn from and who would I like to invite to share knowledge with the next generation of props people. Also, who would make learning interactive and fun.’"

Prop Master Eric Hart who made this How-To Make a Blood Knife video, will be teaching at the USITT Prop Lab.
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