Summer’s over, and we’ve really hit the ground running down here in DR. Why ease yourself back out of holiday mode with one show, when you can work on three?
In Construction, the students have really stepped up their game and started work on a spiral staircase for the upcoming ‘The Crimps Plays’. Each piece was cut out on the C&C machine and assembled in sections so it can be transferred across the road- I can’t wait to see it finished!
Next door in the paint shop, the crew have been juggling making testers for the upcoming Opera and painting the floor panels for ‘The Cherry Orchard’. The students have been experimenting with different crackle glazes and Rabbit skin glue (guess what its made of!) to make various cracked tile effects for an old, rundown house that will be the setting for ‘The Consul’- there are rolls of Linoleum and wallpaper everywhere, waiting to be made lovely and grotty.
Meanwhile, the floor for the Cherry Orchard is coming together nicely, now that they’ve got the pattern down. After painting the base to look like wooden floor boards, they used a projector to create large sections of the repeating pattern which they could then trace onto the floor using charcoal, ready to be painted. The main problem at the moment is trying to not accidentally add footprints to the artwork!
And finally, what else to you get with a new term? New students! This week they’ve been working their way around the different departments, learning the basics and making some rather lovely stone effect bricks.
All in all, a pretty exciting start to the year!
(Oh,and we also got a new floor, but as you can see from the pictures, it didn’t stay nice and pristine for long…)