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Friday, February 26th, 2010
2:38 pm
any ideas?
My name's Lindy, I'm a recent graduate living in Fort Collins CO and working props for local theaters. Right now I'm prop master for the show She Stoops to Conquer and I need some old fashioned metal beer tankards. My budget is really small and I'm having a hard time finding any I can afford. Any suggestions where I can find/order 8 steins for less than $50? Thanks!
Tuesday, July 28th, 2009
10:29 pm
Inside-out umbrella help!
I'm new to this community and I found it because I was looking for how-to's on the net. See, I'm building props for Enlightenment Theater Co. in Philadelphia, PA. We're doing a traveling kids show version of Harold and the Purple Crayon. 

What I need is this: we need an umbrella that opens, turns inside out, and then goes back to being an umbrella. It doesn't have to go back actually on stage but, it can't look like a parasol, it's got to have that umbrella curve to it open. I swear I've seen these things for sale before, surely having an umbrella turn inside out on stage must be a fairly common need and no one wants to buy a new umbrella for every night of their run.

Can anyone help me with instructions for this or a place that might sell them? Thanks!


Current Mood: aggravated
Monday, February 18th, 2008
10:06 am
Theatre grad schools
So I've come to the point in my fairly new career when I need to begin my search for a grad school.  I'm not completely sure I even want to go, but I figure that it is better to be safe than sorry.

I started out my career in lighting almost 10 years ago and for the last 2 I have been working in props.  I just finished a BFA in technical theatre and after a few General Eds, I will be ready to graduate (most likely next spring).  My grades are about a B average, maybe a little higher, but my skills are so much better than my grades reflect.  I have interned in a few theatres on the east coast and would prefer to stay in that area  (I'm actually interning in Boston right now).

I'm primarily looking for a grad school in the New England area.  I'm also considering Seattle, but east coast is really where I'd prefer to be.  However, I'm open to any and all suggestions.  What are some good schools?   I honestly know nothing about grad schools, so I have no idea where to start.


X-posted to theatre_techies
Friday, January 18th, 2008
1:45 am
I have to confess, this is a bit of a plug, but nontheless set dressing is a subject I love, and try to get involved in as often as possible.

The am-dram group I'm involved with has just put on a production of Dicken's Great Expectations. I played Bentley Drummle, but that's by the bye.

What i did do was construct the cake for Miss Havisham.

There it is, in all its repulsive glory.

It's cardboard, iced with filler from a gun.. When I have more time I may post a cut with the work in progress pictures in. The whole shebang was built as a pristine complete cake, and then severely distressed and weathered.

I suppose the point now is I have nowhere to put it- the group has no storage for fragile stuff like this, only robust furniture etc. I doubt if we'll ever do Expectations again, and it's putting my family off their food, as it currently lives in the kitchen. I have to cover it up with a cloth, like a parrot in a cage.

So, it's now on Ebay. I won't paste the link, as I'm not pleased when people do that on communities- and if this is edited out I shall understand fully. I would just like it to go to someone who would keep it and use it, and I suppose the only thing it can be used for is Miss Havisham's cake.

It has mice in it too....
Thursday, January 10th, 2008
11:25 am
prop baby?
Hey y'all,

I'm directing a show which has a 4-6 month old baby in the final scene. We originally staged it so that the baby stayed in its carrier (and therefore didn't really need to exist at all), but now I've decided that scene will be much more powerful if the actor lifts the baby out of the carrier at the end. It can remain covered by a blanket or something (and therefore doesn't need skin tone or anything like that), but I'm looking for something that can be wrapped in that blanket which will have some of the heft and suppleness of baby.

Any ideas?

(Unfortunately, we're already in tech, so fast responses would be most appreciated)
Saturday, October 20th, 2007
1:00 pm

I’m in charge of my dressing rooms at my high school. Recently I have decided to section the girl's dresses by period. The only problem is most of the people who use the room have no idea what section is dedicated to which decade, since they often can’t tell from looking at the clothes themselves. I would love for me not to have to be there for every single time someone needs a costume.

Basically I am looking for two things.

One, does anyone know where I could find those little hanger things that don’t actually hold cloths but attached to the top of the hook is a small section where you could write something like “20’s, 30’s, 40’s” I think a lot of time they are used in stores (I know American Eagle has them on their sales racks) to section off sizes, usually on a circular rack.

If you don’t know where I could find those, does anyone have any other ideas about how I could label the sections without just taking a label maker and sticking a label on the edge of the wooden shelf above the racks.

If you think you could help if you had a picture I can get you one, photobucket just isn’t letting me use pics in my posts today

11:32 am
prop mailbox
We need to build a streetside mailbox (the big blue ones, like this -- but light enough to be carried/dragged by a medium-sized woman.

Thoughts? The theatre is very small, so I'm not sure a large cardboard box painted will work. I'm thinking maybe luan?

(xposted to a few places...)
Tuesday, November 7th, 2006
8:31 pm
I know this is totally last minute, considering I need it by about noon tomorrow or preferably by seven am, but my teacher didn’t tell me to do this till (when I say this I mean just about the prop catergories), now.
So… I’m in charge of organizing our dressing rooms, which means props.
Does anyone have a good system for sorting stage props? Like what categories to put them in?
And if you have any tips for costumes, shoes, accessories, ect, I would be happy to hear them.

Edit: This isn't for a specific show, it's for storage of the things when we don't have a show in the works. Sorry for that mix up.
Wednesday, June 28th, 2006
11:36 am
hello all,
I'm working on props for a play that requires a pregnant woman's water breaking on stage.

I wonder if anyone has ever done this on stage?

The actress will be wearing a pregnancy pad, so i was hoping anyone could offer advice as to how to go about creating a "splash not just a trickle" of water from under her dress...
Tuesday, June 27th, 2006
11:17 pm

I'm Props Mastering a show and the script calls for the actress to eat pork rinds, but actual pork rinds are out of the question. Does anyone know of an inexpensive substitute(community theatre)?
Saturday, May 7th, 2005
2:48 pm

i studied at drama school for 4 years, instead of going to a normal secondary school, [high school], where i spent all the shows doing lighting, sound, spotlights, light rigging, queueing the show, painting the stage, painting the set, making props, doing stage managment. and a whole list of other things.

now that i am in college, i havent had the oppertunity to do that, and so from 16-18 i would of had no theatre work. but as soon as im 18 (on the 31st), im going to try and find some work in london, doing a whole range of stuff. probably just helping out, making cups of tea, and doing painting mostly.. becuase i dont have enough experience.


does anyone know any prop making short courses in london?

or anywhere that will be employing.. id really like to work in a theatre while i am studying for my degree.

also my degree is in photography, so im going to build all my sets, and do lots of lighting tricks. and yeh.. im dead excited!

i wouldnt mind a job selling ice cream , or bar work even. as long as i get the work experience id like.

or any websites on prop building?
Monday, May 2nd, 2005
9:27 pm
Hey there folks :)

I'm Cat, from I'm in Sydney, Australia. I've been working in film art dept. for a couple of years now - started off in costume and moved into standby props, art direction and set dressing. Been lucky enough to end up working with an extremely talented and imaginative production designer, and as a result do some really interesting/fun work (favorite so far has been "blood wrangler" for a short film - 40L of chocolate sauce and laundry detergent... yummy). I'm always looking for people to swap tricks and ideas with :)

Current Mood: calm
Tuesday, February 22nd, 2005
12:42 pm
I'm currently doing props for a production of Medea [set in ancient Greece] and I am completely at a loss as to what to use for the poisonous gold robe. [For those who don't know the story, Medea poisons a gold dress and crown but other people handle them before the intended victim, so they need to be wrapped somehow.] Have any of you done/seen this done before? The director is being no help as to what she wants, and I was hoping someone here could give me some ideas.

[x-posted to stagecraft, theater_techies]
Thursday, January 6th, 2005
2:20 am
hello all!

my name is vanessa, i live in NYC and i'm a freshman in college hoping to focus on theater set design/construction/props/stage management.Since this is my first year involved in anything more than a highschool SING, i have a couple of questions. I'm currently the ASM in a student-production and i was just put in charge of props. this is my very first time in charge of buying things for a production and i was wondering if any of you professionals can perhaps lend some advice/helpful hints.

Also, if there are any NYCers in here: places to buy props specifically, retractable knives...

thanks so much for your help, i hope that this experience really reinforces my desire to work in the theater:)
Sunday, December 19th, 2004
2:38 pm
New Here.
Hey folks.

New here to this comunity.

My real name is Patrick, my lj name is Stoutwalker (you can call me Stout).

I started in theatre when I was 9 or 10, my older sister was involved in her High School drama club, and my dad would get drafted to help build scenery, so he would take me along and let me mess things up. I enjoyed it, so when I was in JHS and HS I acted and build scenery/hung lights/set up sound for school productions.

In college (a small community school on Long Island, NY) I majored in theatre. There I also built scenery, served as a stage electrician, sound operator, and as an actor. I also started costuming, painting, prop making/handling and doing the stagehand thing.

When I left college, I worked in a regional theatre on Long Island as a carpenter/prop maker/light tech/sound tech/stage hand (we had a small budget, and a smaller crew). I worked there for four years, as a full time employee, till I decided on a career change.

The career change (that lasted five years, and spanned three different careers) showed me that theatre was waht I needed to do in order to be happy, so I am now in the process of going back.

In january, my wife and I are relocating to Eastern Tennesse, to open a small thatre with a few friends from college/regional theatre.

There I will be the TD, and Iam sure that I will be drafted to walk the stage a few times as someone else.

I am here to get back in touch with what I love, to meet other folks who work with props and work backstage, and who aren't afraid of the dark.

So, I guess that's about it for me.

Feel free to hit me up if you have any questions about me, or what I have done in the past, or anything really.


Current Mood: excited
Friday, July 23rd, 2004
2:13 am

I forgot I joined this comm (sorry), but I'll do an intro post..

I'm Jess Ann, and I've been working backstage at the high school for a year now, and backstage with the local theatre group for one show.

No matter what show I do, I always end up on props.

Lemme pose a question: How many of your props get stolen per show?
Thursday, July 22nd, 2004
11:56 pm
I'd really love to see this community take off, so don't be afraid to post! We have a small group of members now, but this could really be an asset in our props work if we spread the word and use this as an open forum for questions, comments, or ideas. Perhaps we could start by posting introductions saying

Who are you?

How did you get into theater/props?

What area of theater you work in(High School, college, professional etc.)

What areas of props do you tend to have the most interest in/excel in? (Such as upholstery, sewing, craft work, carpentry, etc.)

Feel free to put up pics of cool things that you've made, tell stories of the prop that almost ended the production process, etc. I have hung out in groups of Props-masters. I know we like to talk! Jump in!
Sunday, June 20th, 2004
1:28 pm
Interesting LJ Communities
I thought it might be handy to start a thread on interesting lj communities for people who do props. If you know of others, feel free to put them into comments.

middle_ages - Anything Middle Ages
craftgrrl - Large, active craft community
craftydiy - Crafty Stuff and DIY
period_design - Lovers of Antiquities
museum_geeks - Museum Geeks
1950s - 1950s Design, Décor and Fashion
1970s - 1970s Design, Décor and Fashion
artresearch - Art research
ask_a_designer - Interior Design
decoradvice - Decorating Advice
decorated - decor galore
funkyfurniture - funky furniture
frugal_finds - Frugal Finds
saucydwellings - Saucy Dwellings
woodworking - LiveJournal Woodworking Community

I haven't really had time to check any of these out, but it's a start.
Wednesday, June 16th, 2004
3:48 pm
Welcome to the brand new "theater props" community. I have been in theater as a Props Master for many years and thougt it would be great to have a place on livejournal where you could come to ask questions or share ideas and not have to weed through other theater info that you may not need. Please pass the word along to anyone who might be interested because the bigger the community the more information we have at our disposal. Thanks and have fun!
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