Monday, November 07, 2005

The play's the thing

...the thing which kept me busy for weeks.

This is a multi-stake production of the musical "Savior of the World." I think there were five stakes involved (a stake is a group of 9-12 wards or congregations), so they had a large pool of resources to draw from.

Due to my chronic inability to do anything quickly, the set painting ended up taking a lot longer than I expected. I know it only has to look good from a distance, but I'm up close working on it. Ah well.

The main set was these panels with arches in them, and steps on one side. They kept giving me more props to paint, as well. I mentioned earlier that I was comprising the entire painting committee. This turned out to be not exactly true, as they did get a few people out to help me one Saturday. They went to town on the arches and got the whole thing basically covered, but I just wasn't happy with the way it looked and ended up going back over everything.

The hardest thing was getting people to watch Kate while I worked. Several of the Young Women volunteered, and we also passed around a sign-up sheet in Relief Society and got some of the older sisters involved as well. By the end of it I think Kate was starting to think she lived at the church.

Here I am painting the rock that is rolled in front of the tomb--also known as "the giant pizza." I offered to paint pepperoni on it, but they didn't think that would go over well.

Kate and I went to the matinee performance this last Saturday, while Doug stayed home and graded papers. I had seen bits of the practices and was really impressed by how well they pulled everything together. They have a live orchestra and everything. Some of the music is really lovely.

There are four more performances this weekend, so you can still catch the show! And look for my name in the program, as "set artist."


Mimi said...

Gorgeous, Helena! I can see why you are proud!

I hope the play is going well?

Katie Harris said...


The set looks really, really cool! Great job!

Glad to know that everyone is being so helpful with adorable Kate while you work!

Thanks for sharing!


Katrine said...

Beautiful work! You gotta love those mormon productions!

Kathy Pitt said...

oh wow what an amazing set, the production would have been awesome!