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The play opens tonight - It is Agatha Christie's Spider's Web.
Set in 1954 England, with decoration a decade or so earlier.

Cast and crew are happy with the working of it, and soon we'll see if
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The play opens tonight - It is Agatha Christie's Spider's Web.
Set in 1954 England, with decoration a decade or so earlier.

Cast and crew are happy with the working of it, and soon we'll see if the
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The play opens tonight - It is Agatha Christie's Spider's Web.
Set in 1954 England, with decoration a decade or so earlier.

Cast and crew are happy with the working of it, and soon we'll see if the
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The play opens tonight - It is Agatha Christie's Spider's Web.
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I want to work with you! G


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The play opens tonight - It is Agatha Christie's Spider's Web.
Set in 1954 England, with decoration a decade or so earlier.


I want to work with you! G


The next set building will be sometime in March!



We can't work in the summer months as the building has no air con and
once those lights go up, we do our bit for global warming!

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Some photos of the set in use he

www.frontrow.org.au/spidersweb/gallery.htm

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The next set building will be sometime in March!


Rough commute from Connecticut, USA. 8^(
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Mekon laid this down on his screen :
The play opens tonight - It is Agatha Christie's Spider's Web.
Set in 1954 England, with decoration a decade or so earlier.

Cast and crew are happy with the working of it, and soon we'll see if the
audience approves.

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Very nicely done!

I build a lot of the sets for our local community theatre, we're just
starting to build Pirates of Penzance (in which I will also be on
stage as a pirate).

I also design & set up (and sometimes run) sound & lights for many of
the shows.

I'll have to see if I can dig up some photos.

Also, there's an online forum that has some good info he
http://www.communitytheater.org

We reecently finished Cuckoo's Nest in which I basically designed &
built everything - set, lights, sound, and I was Scanlon, the mad
bomber. I was so happy with my el-cheapo electrical arc effect I
shared it he
http://www.communitytheater.org/foru...s.asp?TID=2681

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On Fri, 26 Oct 2007 23:07:36 GMT, Mekon wrote:

The play opens tonight - It is Agatha Christie's Spider's Web.
Set in 1954 England, with decoration a decade or so earlier.

Cast and crew are happy with the working of it, and soon we'll see if
the audience approves.

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Wonderful illusion, as usual.. great work!

Our production closes tonight and maybe for good...
Just not enough interest here to support a theater, I guess... Only 60 people
for 2 shows last weekend and 7 lonely folks last night...
If we have a decent turnout tonight it might cover expenses..


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That's sad.
I have participated once in a community theater.
Its benifit goes way beyond entertainment.

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illusion, as usual.. great work!

Our production closes tonight and maybe for good...
Just not enough interest here to support a theater, I guess... Only 60
people
for 2 shows last weekend and 7 lonely folks last night...
If we have a decent turnout tonight it might cover expenses..


mac

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Very cool!

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The play opens tonight - It is Agatha Christie's Spider's Web.
Set in 1954 England, with decoration a decade or so earlier.

Cast and crew are happy with the working of it, and soon we'll see if the
audience approves.

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Mike Patterson laid this down on his screen :

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Mekon laid this down on his screen :
The play opens tonight - It is Agatha Christie's Spider's Web.
Set in 1954 England, with decoration a decade or so earlier.

Cast and crew are happy with the working of it, and soon we'll see if the
audience approves.

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Very nicely done!


Thanks, and thanks for the fireworks / electrical box tip, if we ever
do it I'll remember that!

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On Fri, 26 Oct 2007 23:07:36 GMT, Mekon
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The play opens tonight - It is Agatha Christie's Spider's Web.
Set in 1954 England, with decoration a decade or so earlier.

Cast and crew are happy with the working of it, and soon we'll see if
the audience approves.

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Mekon

Wonderful illusion, as usual.. great work!

Our production closes tonight and maybe for good...
Just not enough interest here to support a theater, I guess... Only 60 people
for 2 shows last weekend and 7 lonely folks last night...
If we have a decent turnout tonight it might cover expenses..


mac

That's a crying shame Mac, the death of a theatre must be hard to bear.

One of Brisbane's community theatres is having similar trouble right
now. The kids theatre section is paying for the rest. Kids on stage
always drag in the audience!
For us it is Agatha Christie or an Alan Ayckbourne that are the year's
cash cows.

Mekon


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That's sad.
I have participated once in a community theater.
Its benifit goes way beyond entertainment.


Indeed. I point out to young men I meet that in Community theatre you
meet many beautiful women and many of the competition bat for the other
team!

If only I had known that when I was young and single!

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The next set building will be sometime in March!


Rough commute from Connecticut, USA. 8^(


Yeah, but you could do worse than contacting your nearest group. The
variety of work that you get to make is amazing.

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Yeah, but you could do worse than contacting your nearest group. The
variety of work that you get to make is amazing.


Hmmm... G
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The next set building will be sometime in March!



Rough commute from Connecticut, USA. 8^(


But think of the flying time you could log.

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The next set building will be sometime in March!



Rough commute from Connecticut, USA. 8^(


But think of the flying time you could log.


Sure, but hed have to get new tools, we have 220v here. Oh... I said
that like it was a *bad* thing!

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But think of the flying time you could log.


If I could do it non-stop, home base to Sidney would be only 95 hours
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On Sat, 27 Oct 2007 21:55:30 GMT, Mekon wrote:

Our production closes tonight and maybe for good...
Just not enough interest here to support a theater, I guess... Only 60 people
for 2 shows last weekend and 7 lonely folks last night...
If we have a decent turnout tonight it might cover expenses..



That's a crying shame Mac, the death of a theatre must be hard to bear.

One of Brisbane's community theatres is having similar trouble right
now. The kids theatre section is paying for the rest. Kids on stage
always drag in the audience!
For us it is Agatha Christie or an Alan Ayckbourne that are the year's
cash cows.

Mekon

Well, there is a bit of hope.... We had almost 40 butts in the seats last night,
on closing night.. We're thinking that word of mouth and some hustling on ticket
sales spurred some interest.. beats the hell out of the 7 Friday night.. Ticket
sales that night didn't even cover the royalties..

They're having a meeting next weekend to decide if they'll go head with the
January production, and if so, how to lose less money...
The big question that I've been asking them is if there are enough gringos here
to be interested in attending/supporting live theater..

They had just enough sponsors and sold just enough ads in the program and
tickets to cover expenses for THIS play, but the couple that founded the group
are still several thousand dollars in the hole from startup costs last year..


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On Sat, 27 Oct 2007 22:05:24 GMT, Mekon wrote:

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On Sat, 27 Oct 2007 00:42:49 GMT, Mekon
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The next set building will be sometime in March!


Rough commute from Connecticut, USA. 8^(


Yeah, but you could do worse than contacting your nearest group. The
variety of work that you get to make is amazing.

Mekon

For sure.. I've only helped on a few things, like mock-up sinks and making spot
lighting, but the whole thing is the challenge of creating an illusion and not
spending money that they don't have...lol

Next step, if the group survives, is a light remodel of the building they use...
It's the old Mexican Rotary building and had been empty for 5 or 6 years..


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That's a nice neat set. Kitchens are always hard, they seem to require
more fiddly bits and details than other rooms.
The stage looks like it would be hard to light, those low ceilings
would make all the over stage floods impossible to hang, is there any
room for lights if you take out one of those ceiling panels?

Oh and.. what is the play?

if you need any one act plays, I have a couple that have been performed
outside my group and were well received. I'd be happy to donate the
royalties to aid a start up theatre.

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Well, now ya done it - it ain't a secret no more.

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Buddy Matlosz has brought this to us :
Well, now ya done it - it ain't a secret no more.

B.

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The play opens tonight - It is Agatha Christie's Spider's Web.
Set in 1954 England, with decoration a decade or so earlier.

Cast and crew are happy with the working of it, and soon we'll see if the
audience approves.

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You mean I can't trust the good folk around here? Sheesh!

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That's a nice neat set. Kitchens are always hard, they seem to require
more fiddly bits and details than other rooms.


I helped build the kitchen.. colors were picked by the actors.. lol
Only the cabinet doors that need to open during the play are real, most are
mockups.. the "sink" is a plastic wash tub, the frig hasn't worked in years, the
table and chairs, pictures, coffee pot, etc. are borrowed... the stairs go up 3
steps and stop.. very low budget, but folks liked it..
The coffee carafe has brown tape in it to make it look full.. fooled most
folks..

The stage looks like it would be hard to light, those low ceilings
would make all the over stage floods impossible to hang, is there any
room for lights if you take out one of those ceiling panels?


My friend built a "light bar" out of an old, bent piece of steel bar about 10'
long. Welded a piece if 2" wide flat stock at each end, about 2' long, with
holes pre-drilled to fit on one of the steel girders about the suspended
ceiling..
Then he mad several "spots" out of coffee cans, light fixtures, etc... Even made
them "filtered" by cutting whatever shape he needed out of the old plastic lids
from the cans.. very clever guy..


The I-beam is about 20' from the edge of the stage and the lights are pointed
down at about a 45 degree angle..
He controls about 12 spots with a panel of dimmer switches.. also has buttons
and switches for sound, phone ringing, etc...

Oh and.. what is the play?


The play was "A coupla white chicks sitting around" by John F. Noonan..
Royalties were $75 a performance..
(My wife is the blonde "chick", the taller of the two)

if you need any one act plays, I have a couple that have been performed
outside my group and were well received. I'd be happy to donate the
royalties to aid a start up theatre.


I'm sure they'd be interested...
They really want this to work and be something that the community enjoys and
help the local people..
When they get their investment back any further proceeds will be used for local
schools and the animal shelter..

I'm sort of looking forward to "striking the set" Wednesday... I have 2 ladders
and a lot of tools there that I'd really rather have in my shop.. ;-]




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