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Lockerbie Pictures

Lockerbie pic 1

lockerbie pic 2
Here are a couple of the decent production photos from “The Women of Lockerbie” at CCHS. I will eventually add some to the normal website but here are a couple for now. They look really nice! I was very pleased at how the whole show turned out.

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Oklahoma! Construction Update

Oklahoma Barn Rough In

Oklahoma Barn Rough In

Well we have been busy building two shows at the same time for about the past week. We are currently working on a small set for “The Bully Plays” for Sayre School in Lexington, KY as well as “Oklahoma!” for Ryle High School in Union, KY. We spent the weekend split between both shows. We got the masonite deck cut and painted for the Lexington show as well as all of the acting cubes built and mostly painted – all of that on Saturday. Today we finished the basic framing for the house/barn of Oklahoma at Ryle. The next two weeks promise to be busy ones as we have to have both sets pretty much finished two weeks from today to accomdate load-ins and lighting work at Ryle.

Lockerbie Strike!

We finished striking the set for Women of Lockerbie tonight thanks to some extra special help from the family. It is amazing how much can be accomplished when folks work together. Thanks to Jacob, Mellisa, Aaron, and Paige for their hard work!
Now its on to begin work on “Oklahoma!” at Ryle H.S. and “The Bully Plays” at Sayre School. What started out as a slow spot in the calendar has become another busy spot – thank the LORD!

Vacuform is cool!

Vacuform plastic stone wall.

Vacuform plastic stone wall.

I just wanted to say something about the neat and easy alternative to using styrofoam. Vacuform plastic is a great alternative. It comes in 4×8 sheets of white plastic shapes that are easy to cut, paint, and apply to your sets. We first used it last summer for “Fiddler on the Roof” by putting stone work on the foundations of the buildings plus facing a well with it. For “Women of Lockerbie” we used it as the base of a memorial ‘wall’. While it is not in itself ‘cheap’ it is much more cost effective than spending hours cutting and sculpting foam pieces and then attaching them to a flat. With Vacuform you just cut out the borders, paint, and staple. That it!

Lockerbie First Rehearsal with Lights

Lockerbie lighting rehearsal

Lockerbie lighting rehearsal

WOL lighting Rehearsal

WOL lighting Rehearsal

64 cues in a 90 minute drama!

64 cues in a 90 minute drama!


First run through rehearsal with cast was today for “Women of Lockerbie”. All went pretty smoothly especially considering the number of cues for a drama – over 60! The show moves well with alot of nice looks. Get your tickets now!

Lighting Rehearsals

Lockerbie Lighting Rehearsal #1

Lockerbie Lighting Rehearsal #1

We began programming light cues for Women of Lockerbie at CCHS this afternoon. This should be a compelling show and a must see.

This is really my favorite part of the whole process. To begin to see everything coming together to create a theatrical experience. To rid ourselves of work lights and begin the process of setting levels and ‘painting’ with light – there is really nothing quite like it. While the equipment locations, color, angle, etc. are important, I have always felt that the cueing is what sets a show apart. Not just the levels but balancing the direction, focus, color, intensity, and pacing of each cue enables the lighting designer the ability to paint the stage with just the right amount and type of light in order to draw you into the story and keep your eyes focused where they should be at just the right moments. Sometimes just a few percentange points of level makes a world of difference.

It should also be said that this is one of the most time consuming processes. We spend 2 1/2 hours programming about 50minutes of the show today – and its a ‘straight play’ or drama NOT a musical! Still there is really nothing quite like it!