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From Lisa – Donuts, Coolots, and Trains (oh my!)

September 27, 2013

I had this idea for a blog post a couple months ago, when I walked into AC Moore, saw a large bag of fake rose petals, and immediately thought of Katy, an apprentice from the 2011-12 season. Why? Well, because we needed hundreds of rose petals for a??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????
scene in A Resting Place. Since Katy was charged with props, it was her duty to figure this out, and they were really hard to find. Ultimately we ended up going with real rose petals, donated by Patti’s Petals (thanks, neighbor!), but before that, she was on the hunt and not having much luck. So, seeing those petals made me stop and think, “Oh, Katy! Here are some… a year too late, but I found them!”

P1030474Isn’t it funny how we come to associate something particular with a person? I wonder if the things I associate with people are a little bit odder, given my line of work; take a look below, and decide for yourself!

Mariel and Anne, apprentices from 2010-11, will always be on my mind when I see tiny furniture. For Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog there were five miniature versions of the five life-size sets, and they were a pain in the butt to create – fun, too, but time consuming with A LOT of detail ????????work. Mini washing machines were incredibly difficult to come by, and since a key location was a laundromat, they were essential. Now every time I see one or mini chairs, since we used a couple dozen, I remember (now with some distance) fondly the late nights building these set pieces.

Whenever I’m stuck waiting at the train tracks on the North Side that parallel Conestoga Road, it always reminds me of Cathleen, former Ensemble Member. In the October show Into the Dark from photo(1) copythe 2011-12 season, her character was inspired by a train wreck that happened on those tracks in the late 1800’s/early 1900’s. I remember when she first found the story and began researching more about the accident, I was stuck sitting at those tracks and recorded the sound for her – the whistle was truly eerie, perfect for a show around Halloween.

Exceptional “metrosexual hair” always reminds me of Zach, apprentice from 2009-10. It also PICT3553always needs to be documented, because Daphnis from The Pan Show must look very good, very hip and, of course, over the top. I’ve definitely secretly taken pictures of someone’s hair to use as inspiration for Daphnis’ mane.

Shopping carts! Every once in a while, I’m waiting in line at the grocery store and think of Margie, former Ensemble Member, and Justine from Follies, Margie’s ridiculously un-PC creation. Justine was unabashed and hilarious – favorite moment “Justine’s Holiday Work Out”. 282272_453566448005361_1914236107_nToo busy to exercise during the holidays? She gave us tips on how to use our time in the grocery store line to our advantage. I’ve not been bold enough to try, but I do giggle to myself when I think of it.

Now, I’m more a bagel person than a donut person, but a really well-decorated donut will catch my eye after the Young Playwrights’ Festival from 2012. Meggan, an apprentice from the 2011-12 season, and I created life-size donuts Talisman Photosfor the play I directed. And they were pretty darn delicious looking, if I do say so myself!

Finally, and perhaps the most ridiculous, coolots (which I think don’t even exist anymore) remind me of Vicki, former Ensemble Member. It was our first costume design together back in 2006 and for some reason, we decided coolots were the way to go. In case anyone doesn’t know what they are, they’re those weird pants that look like a skirt, but surprise(!) they’re really pants. A rare find nowadays but when I do see them I remember The Talisman and Vicki.

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