Friday night and Sunday, the painting continued – we’re painting as the set gets built/erected (actor Mike Vitorovich is doubling as Master Carpenter on this show), as usual, working around rehearsal and other crews’ schedules. Smaller painting crews than our first time out a week ago Saturday, but hard-working and fun-loving to say the least: co-producers PJ Hammond and Tabitha Keast came out (with designer Ed Rosing and I) on both days, and actor Lionel Boodlal joined us for the first shift on Sunday. We got a ton done (and I didn’t even mean for that to rhyme). The flats and floor look fabulous – and several set pieces that needed painting are done as well.
The floor application – rolling on the base coat, then spritzing two colours on it while that was still wet – needed some planning and forethought. In the end, it wasn’t so much a feat of choreography as it was an exercise in team work – PJ and Lionel working the rollers, with Ed and I following behind with the spray bottles. We even managed to stick with our escape plan!
Before he left for the day, Lionel had a really cool observation to make about the set floor – any set floor – from an actor’s prospective: it’s really important for getting grounded, and is as important as your feet beneath you and the shoes you’re wearing. I knew shoes were important – if you can’t have any other costume bits early on, it’s important to have the shoes. Your feet are your direct connection to the ground. But I’d never thought about the actual ground itself before – and was struck by (wow!) how much sense it made.
PJ, who left us for a couple of hours to do the Slut Walk, returned with Tabitha mid-afternoon – and ordered us to leave around 6 p.m. and stayed behind to do the first coat of glaze.
All in all, the painting crew (aka The Peacocks) rocks!
I’ll have to check in with PJ first, but she got some of our Friday night festivities on video – I think she was posting on the Alumnae Facebook site – so I’ll have to get back to you on that. Don’t want to give too much away on this set – some of it, you’ll have to wait and see.
p.s. – Just updated the GuineaPigging page on this blog site, with some insight from director Molly Thom.