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Hamilton Prop Fact | Creating Candlesticks

Jay Duckworth • Theatre Buzz • July 4, 2020

Here’s today’s Hamilton Prop Fact from Proptologist, Stage Directions Contributing Writer, and Professor Jay Duckworth. He created the props for the original production of Hamilton when it started out at The Public Theater and has created this series of Prop Facts about key props that were created for Hamilton. Duckworth and Stage Directions has been sharing them all week in celebration of the premiere of the Broadway version of Hamilton now streaming on Disney+. Here’s Number 8, creating the Candlesticks for the production:

They say that necessity is the mother of invention and to create the candlesticks needed for Hamilton, Duckworth and his prop team turned their drill press into a lathe to shape the foam. Here’s a video of the turning process:

Here are links to the previous Hamilton Prop Facts from this week:

Hamilton Prop Fact | Washington and Hamilton’s Quill Pens

Hamilton Prop Fact | Dueling Pistols

Hamilton Prop Fact | Washington’s Letter to Hamilton

Hamilton Prop Fact | A Tot of Rum

Hamilton Prop Fact | Hurricane Desk

Hamilton Prop Fact | Doctor’s Bag for 10 Duel Commandments

Hamilton Prop Fact | Burr’s Pamphlet

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