DECEMBER 28, 2002.
Our first set (assuming I can keep the footage) was a success. And fairly simple to do, as well. Two of the intermissions feature Pearl and the castle gang in a 70s style TV talk show. So I needed a small stage with a curtain backing, 2 chairs, chalkboard, and a sign hanging from the ceiling. Enter production assistant Audrey, who volunteered her workplace, which had a stage going unused that day; art designer Kate with a fantastic sign, and Randy, who happened to have 2 barstools.
The one downside was the lighting. We had a single spotlight at our disposal, but we were unable to get the rest of the stage lights to work. The result is a overexposed look in some spots. If we get a chance to use the stage for anyting else, I will try to fix that.
Did I mention we had a set before this? Forget that. No such thing. Must have read that wrong. Our first New Set was a converted sunroom. Add some curtains from the 1970s, all our props from before, and violin again: 70s talk show studio AGAIN. A green-belt out behind the house made a nice park for the next scene.
JULY 2003 (part II)
I needed a ballroom. That's right - big open area with stairways, chandeliers, etc. And... um... I didn't find one.
But I found something different and better - a theater lobby. And not just any theater - this was the Orpheum - Oklahoma's oldest theater still in business. It was built back in the teens - almost 90 years ago - as a vaudeville house, and owner John McConnel was kind enough to allow us access during the off hours. This is truly a remarkable building, which is going through a long term renovation, and we got the royal treatment from both the manager and the staff. Access to the projection room, the auditoriums, back stage, the balconies, the lobby...
There is even a tunnel leading to an abandoned labyrinth... but we stayed in the building proper. It was July-in-the-midwest hot, we had few lights, and even less time, but the theater made it all worth it. We even came back in
for one more encore performance. And that should be it for all the skits. Now to get a Blue Screen and some theater seats and finish this thing!
Guess what? Old style Planet of the Apes masks are epensive! $130+ expensive. (Yes, I admit it. I'm Cheap. Cheapcheapcheapcheapcheap. But admitting it didn't solve my problem.) So after MUCH searching and debating, we went with a chimpanzee mask instead. Well... half mask. It covered only part of the face. Add 3 long beards to frame the head, and some putty and stage makeup, and gorilla gloves, and we had a complete Professor Bobo for about half of what just the face mask would have run. Ideal solution? No, but he's our Bobo, and we love him.
Well, we like him.
OK, "Like" is a strong word.
Tolerate? Yeah that's ... a little better...
Well, let's just say, He's Our Bobo.