Technical Director

Upholstering a Chaise

BY: ERIC HART via www.props.eric-hart.com I just finished Buyer and Cellar at Triad Stage. We needed an all-white antique French chaise. I could not find any within our budget, especially since I knew I would need to reupholster anything I found. One of the great prop secrets is that you can order furniture frames from companies that sell to professional upholsters. I found a company that made a chaise in the style I needed. You can order a frame unfinished and knocked down, which means it arrives without any paint or stain, and it is completely unassembled. The cost is a fraction of a finished piece (and the shipping is far cheaper, too). Unboxing the chaise The frame came flatpacked just like a piece of IKEA furniture, only instead of allen keys, it fit together with glue and dowels. Ass...

MWTA Registration Opens November 1st

The 2018 MidWest Theatre Auditions (MWTA) Registration opens TOMORROW, November 1st! The registration link will open at 10:00 am CENTRAL TIME. Please note that registration fills up quickly, so have all your information and payment ready before you begin the application. There is an application fee of $50 for Actors and $45 for DTSM due with submission of application, payable online by Visa or MasterCard. MWTA does  NOT accept any other forms of payment. Checks and cash are NOT accepted. Acting Auditions All applicants should bring copies of their résumés and headshots to the auditions for callbacks. After you send in your application, you will receive an e-mail confirmation by January 1st which will guide you through the process of sending in a small headshot that will be given to the the...

Get Up Close With the Props of Dear Evan Hansen

BY HANNAH VINE POSTED ON: PLAYBILL.COM A lot goes into putting on a Broadway show, from the performances and sound engineering to stage management and lighting. There’s so much happening onstage, that often, theatregoers miss the smaller details—like the props. We went backstage at the Music Box Theatre for an up-close look at the props used in the Tony-winning Dear Evan Hansen, and spoke to props supervisor for the the show Buist Bickley. Bickley gave us a run-down on how the props were selected and what steps are taken to maintain them over a long run. Whether it’s collaborating with the scenic or set designers to create a cohesive look, or making sure the materials are all flame retardant, every last detail is specifically curated for aesthetic and practical purposes. “Dear Evan H...

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