The Montgomery Blair Players Stage Crew Pages - Make me a Forest
Into the Woods
We chose to cut out individual trees and hang them both on battens
and on the curtain legs. We added a three dimensional Mother Tree
and some stumps. To make the trees super realistic we took pictures of
real trees, traced them and scaled them up on a Xerox machine to 8" height.
This is 16 feet in 1/2" scale, the size of our theatre model. Next we transferred
the copies to transparancies and projected them 16 feet tall with an overhead
projector. Please don't tell the Media Staff that we hung the projector
from a batten (to project onto the floor). We chose sixteen feet since
it is the height of two 4 x 8' plywood sheets. After tracing the images
onto the 1/8" plywood (great stuff if you can find it) we cut the branches
out with portable electric jigsaws and attached them together with scrap
wood and Dutchman. Then we let our scenic artists "gray" them up (three
tones of gray paint), we added shadows later.
Here is the number for Custom Woodworks, our source for
the wonderful 1/8" Luan plywood. If you are anywhere nearby (Laurel, MD)
it's worth a trip (call ahead) to get a stockpile of this wonderful, stage
(light, strong) wood.
Tell them The Blair Stage Crew sent you.
If you'd like to see what else you can do with 1/8" plywood
check out "How to make a real curving Staircase."
Check out the finished trees here.