Moonboots is where I go for beautiful, made to order props. For Broadway, national tours, or a small church production that needed an HD ready crown of thorns, Jennie has come through time after time. Resourceful, clever, with years of experience behind her, this is where I go for solutions. Truly the best. - Scott Scheidt
Death by Pottery
In the tragic drama, The Ballad of Yachiyo, a broken piece of Japanese pottery serves as the method of self destruction. The challenge: A piece of pottery is smashed against the floor and a broken shard is used to commit suicide. The solution: A mold was made of an authentic piece of Japanese pottery used in the production. A rubber replica of the bowl was created. A hollow rubber pottery shard was sculpted and cast to hold stage blood. When rubber bowl is violently smashed against the floor, a shard is then picked up and drawn across the wrist - depositing the crimson line of life.
A Greasy Bag
Fake grease Challenge: The actor needed to clutch a greasy brown bag of cookies to his chest without getting grease on the costume. Solution: Making the fake grease on this brown bag = shellac to the rescue! The hardest part was painting just the right amount on the inside of the bag to soak through, then finding a spot on the clothesline to hang 100 bags for drying.
A blanket of hay
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row] [caption id="attachment_838" align="alignleft" width="428"] Hay blanket for Young Frankenstein, Broadway[/caption] How to make a simple pile of hay The challenge: Ulla pops out from under the pile of hay. As they cavorted, the hay had to stay in the cart. It had to be hypo-allergenic. It had to be fire retardant. It could not attract vermin. It needed to look and behave like real hay. The Solution: Successive rows of strung and knotted raffia strands, a strong organic fiber with no intrinsic food value, were stitched onto a fortified blanket of burlap and jute. The all natural piece was then thoroughly flame retarded. It was as comfortable to perform in as any "hay" could be
Broadway Teaching Group
I've had the great pleasure of working with the very talented Jennie Marino in several different settings, both as a designer and as a teaching artist. She is endlessly creative, resourceful, inspired and has one of the best work ethics I have ever seen. She truly loves her work and it shows in the pieces she designs, as well as in her childlike love of the process. Her generous spirit allows her to share her knowledge with others so they will learn and grow in their work as well. Lucky to have her on board! Pam Pariseau, Co-Artistic Director, Broadway Teaching Group www.broadwayteachinggroup.com [caption id="attachment_897" align="alignleft" width="398"] Teaching props class at Broadway Teachers Workshop[/caption]
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