Caught up in one last show, for the sixth time around, kicking off the holiday season and kicking the door closed on another semester. Cracking nuts and cracking the whip. Final projects graded. Final grades projected. Nutcracker. Friends and Family. December’s ending. Winter’s beginning. Winter solstice weekend. Sun, Snow, and Salsa.
Last week was a whirlwind of catching up on university business and presenting Romeo & Juliet with Neglia Ballet at Shea’s. As always, a stunning theatre to design in.
Thanks to Ben Siegal for the wonderful review in The Buffalo News.
The hills [of Lewiston] are alive, with The Sound of Music. .
Summer [stock] is in full swing up here along the Niagara gorge and we are full swing into Sixteen, Going on Seventeen hours of tech. Halfway thru and all I can simply remember are A Few of my Favorite [spot cues] Things. We’re going to Climb Every Mountain to opening night on Thursday.
There are times that you remember the past and miss the days gone by. There are times that throw you into the present. There are times that are full of emotion and mourning. There are times that you celebrate what the future has to hold. There are times that you cannot believe the love that surrounds you. There are times that you are thankful for the rain. There are times that you celebrate the sun.
And then there are times that you build a misting machine sculpture of salvaged and recycled materials and shoot LED lights at it that are self-sustaining droplets. And there are times that digging through a long forgotten prop storage leaves you covered in dust, older than you know.
June, was all of these times.
Project MIST has taken many forms in the last couple years, forever evolving and moving toward a bigger whole. Like the waters of Niagara, it ebbs and flows through various incarnations. Currently I am helping LK in the design and creation of a living museum prototype, or as we affectionately call it, the mist lab. It will be a sculpture where we can test the effects of light and video onto mist. Incorporating sustainable power via solar panels and batteries; and building a base out of reclaimed wood, we are fabricating an eco-friendly experimentation and an evocative environment. Power & Poetry, meet No Tether.
Some belated musings about the production of Giselle from last month. As previously mentioned, I was the lighting designer (and scenic artist) on this show. Every time I mount a new show on the Shea’s stage I am honored to have the opportunity. The theatre itself is absolutely breathtaking. Originally built in 1926, it is a marvel of the opulence of that time, showcasing an aesthetic based on 17th and 18th century design. It was a grand movie house in the heyday of silent films. The theatre fell into disrepair during the mid-20th century. Restoration during the last couple decades have brought it back to life. Every time I walk thru the stage door I think of all the artists of the past who have done the same. It is always a thrill to create in such a space.