Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Larry and the Remarkable Puppets!

Larry the Remarkable Pig isn't your average musical. In addition to the talented young actors on the stage, this production requires something... remarkable. And that remarkable thing? PUPPETS!

For our regional premiere of Nickelodeon actor/writer Mark Sarto's new musical, we've chosen to use the original Larry gang from the show's East Coast premiere. With a lot of work from the production staff, these puppets are all getting fresh coats of paint, thread, and a few surprises!

Don't they look great so far?

LARRY THE REMARKABLE PIG (June 12-15). Tickets are $9, on sale now--just call the QCT Box Office at (217) 222-3209. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

set design

It's Willows Wednesday!
Here are two views of the set model, created by our ATD Jillian Warburton.  The model doesn't have all of the walls (in case you're thinking stage left looks rather bare), bannisters, or the overhead beams.
Here's the concept: Per the script, the entire story is told within the confines of the abandoned Toad Hall.  Because it is a memory play, we didn't want solid walls; therefore, the audience will only see partial walls.  The actors will use the furniture from Toad Hall to tell the story.  The audience will be surprised (I hope) as to how we use the space and the furniture. 
Here's an example:
We experimented in rehearsal.  What do you think this is?

The Wind in the Willows runs October 17-20.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The Evolution of Fabric

Happy Willows Wednesday!  The picture above shows the same piece of material.  The one on the left is the original.  We have a huge roll of it, and Anna, QCT's costume designer, suggested we use it for one of Mr. Toad's suits.  I said I liked it, but it felt too blue (hard to tell in the picture).  She dyed it green.  That is the middle piece.  I said I liked that it was more green, but overall it felt too dark.  Then, Anna, being a smart cookie, soaked the original fabric in "color remover" and then dyed it green.  That is the strip on the far right.  I am so pleased with how it turned out.  The look of the piece on the right is what we will use for Mr. Toad's costume.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

The wind is blowing.......

The next student theatre show, "The Wind in the Willows," has been cast and, as of last night, rehearsals have begun!  There are 23 actors, playing multiple characters.  There are 17 students and 6 adults featured in this production.  For some of the actors this will be their first QCT production, and for some, this will be their first time on stage anywhere! 
This week, we are just reading the script.  We take a few days to "just sit and read."  This gives us the chance to make sure we understand what we are saying and why we are saying it.  Next week we will start "blocking rehearsals."  This is where we put the show up on its feet and we figure out how to "physicalize" the story.
Someone on behalf of the company will try to keep you posted on the making of this production and any behind the scenes antics.

We hope you'll come see "The Wind in the Willows" at Quincy Community Theatre.


Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Build Your Own World: A Neverland Interactive Game

Quick! Grab the object nearest to you. It can be a pencil, a hairbrush, your cell phone, even a rubber duck. Just pick up the first thing you can find and stick with it. This is now your focal point. Mine is a stapler.

Now, hold it in your hand. What does it look like? What color, what shape, what size? Feel it beneath your fingertips. Rough? Smooth? Soft? Firm? Does it bend? Can you squeeze it? Now, study its features with all five of your senses (the sixth, too, if you have one) and absorb those details. Assimilate them into your mind's eye.

Now make it a piece of clothing.
 Like a bow tie! Bow ties are cool.

Now a kitchen utensil.
 Like a lemon juicer! 

 Now a part of a car.
 Like windshield wipers!

Now an animal.

Like a beaver!

                                                                                You've just made four completely different objects from one thing you snatched up from arm's reach -- one of which was a living creature! This is just a taste of how the eight actors in Peter Pan create the worlds around them. A lamp becomes a tree, an old Christmas wreath a bird's nest, a grass skirt a roaring fire. 

Want to share your ideas? Post a picture or send a comment to Quincy Community Theatre's Facebook page to tell us about your masterpiece!