Portfolio > Palo Alto Children's Theater 2012-2014
This was my first Hot Dog Show for PACT. It was nice to do more depth and 3D stuff. Director was lots of fun who wanted whacky cartoonish lines. He also let the youth rewrite a lot of the not-so-exciting script with comedy and improv. During our show we got 15 kids on stage to help with straw and stick house scenes.
I suggested a design and it came out very differently. Ah, the learning curve, it never ends. I was floating down the Truckee River when they build this.
A JLS gal helped paint this show. Her mom was asking me if there were any stage tech classes at PACT. I was going on vacation so I said, "PAINT THREE LITTLE PIGS." She's a very focused kid who worked better than some of the adults. We got to paint together the last week and had a great time.
Except for widening the door, I loved how this turned out. There were lots of eager children who help hold up the walls until they came tumbling down.
Held at my neighborhood school, this set was fun to do. Wish we'd gotten the mask twice as high, but, hey, it's children's theater.
The boxes turned around for the 'bedroom' scenes. The bridge turns into Jill's room at home, with pillows and bedspread.
There was a platform for the island that the director never worked into his blocking. Bummer. It made a nice place for the parents to take pictures of their actor kids.
This play had a "talk show" area played in front of the Fairy Tale Zone sign. The giant comes out from behind SL masking.
Carlos, posing where the child actor's head would appear. Actually two heads, as it was a double headed giant that argued with itself.
This was the first show I did for the Outreach program. I took the pattern images from the costume, creating a fantastical set • Alice in Wonderland • Addison Elementary • October 2012. We re doing nearly the whole season over again for 2014. Designed myself out of a job.
Design ideas shown to director. I just did this freehand as I didn't have the Cintiq tabket yet. It's a lot harder to make revisions on paper.
Wide view of the stage showing most of the elements. All these school stages had very little depth, no wing space. We created several DS entrances for the many different characters. George Pichett painted some of the DS flats that we reused from Sleeping Beauty.
This arch and backdrop came out well, although the TD said it was too big a show for Outreach. It DID have a lot of pieces, some it recycled from Sleeping Beauty. Either way, the kids and parents were thrilled.
In this production, the prince travels all over searching for a princess bride, stopping at Sleeping Beauty's castle. I took some painted flats from PACT's Sleeping Beauty (painted by George Pichett) and added thorny vines, actually irrigation tubing.
This was the flip side of the thorny castle. I love the little boy peeking out from behind the door.
The 'bedding', foam and fabric fashioned over luan, and reused from a previous Once Upon a Mattress show.
In a rush, I didn't let the paint dry long enough and so ended up painting this hearth three times until I got it right. There's nothing like a little patience.
Photographed from the catwalk. My first stone wall paint job. • Princess & the Pea • Palo Verde Elementary School • Palo Alto Children's Theater • January 2013
The hearth and princess bed. Princess & the Pea • Palo Verde Elementary School • Palo Alto Children's Theater • January 2013