We’ve been busy!
At our latest meeting, we were able to meet with our director, Zachary Bortot. He’s got a lot of good plans for organizing the different scenes and actors. He’s also recruiting performers and plans on having auditions this fall, after he finishestheater obligations over the summer. We now have one assistant director, Josh McKinney, who volunteered his services assisting Zach with his activities and will likely also be a stage manager.
Bill Austin has been measuring flats. Turns out we have more than enough wood to work with: We need 350 feet of theater flats over 8 feet high for walls and the like. We have 445 feet that are 8 feet or higher. In addition, we have multpile 5, 6 and 7 foot flats we can use to construct the supports for the set.
The next step is getting everything organized and built. Pete Wright and Bill Austin plan on moving all construction materials from their storage areas to a good-sized couple of yards that can be borrowed for work on texturing the wood to match the church walls. The congregation and Youth Group will be asked to assist with preparations of applying glue and sawdust to prepare the surfaces before building. We estimate that it will take 17 gallons (!) of white glue, torn newspaper, sawdust, and two weekends of solid work to finish the texturing. Work parties are being planned. So, hey, if you’re looking for a way to help out, think about stopping by for an hour or more to glue and sawdust some boards.
Nancy Eriksen, our costume designer, spoke about the need for the right kinds of cloth. People will be seeing these costumes close up, so we can’t fake it with burlap and will need linen and wool. Tommy Booth had volunteered to donate cloth from his stored collection. Very shortly after our meeting, she went to see what was available. Thanks to him and to Rock Steady Productions, the budget for cloth has come down from $2,000 dollars to about $500. People have been incredibly generous donating supplies!
The costumes all have to be made, which means another opportunity for volunteers. Nancy will be holding one or more sewing meetings where folks can help cut out and sew the costumes. Most of them should be of basic construction: 33 AD was not known for complicated clothing designs.
Lighting presented a possible difficulty, since the tour will take place after dark and we are not using actual candlelight and torches to light those wood-and-sawdust sets. Fortunately, we have some folk who are serious about this stuff and they tell us that we can get the right look with LED’s. Whew! And, yes, we will clear everything with the city fire department.
We still haven’t found an animal coordinator yet. From what we’ve learned, it costs $400 dollars to rent the animals for All Saints annual Living Nativity. We’re not planning on anything too big: Camels won’t fit in our Jerusalem streets.
Look for our Props list, coming soon!
We’ll be setting up a PayPal button on the website soon, and Caren is planning a “Quartermania” event for this Fall. We may also add a silent auction on the June 26th Ministry Fair.