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Making the Moon

By Jacob French, Assistant Artistic Director, Master of Note & Figure

Years ago–before I found Sweet Tea–I was a theatre husband.  My wife (the incomparable Medina Demeter) is a high school theatre teacher and, for most of her productions, she would need assistance with building sets, props, and other little (or not so little) things.  I would show up on Saturdays and work with her students to make what was needed. If I’m being honest, I quite enjoyed playing the part of “grumpy-husband-who-works-in-the-corner-of-the-workshop-making-stuff-who-the-kids-are-scared-to-approach.”  I’d lean in every now and then and tell someone they didn’t know how to use a power drill correctly and then show them how. Then I’d stand back and cringe as they failed to take my advice and trashed yet another Phillips head driver bit and stripped yet another screw.

When Medina auditioned for, and was cast in, Sweet Tea’s production of Julius Caesar in 2014, she mentioned that they could use help with “production-y” kinds of things. I thought I might be able to make myself useful there, so I made myself available.  Of course, this involvement eventually led me to become the Master of Note and Figure and an Assistant Artistic Director in the company–but that’s another story. My hopes of building things for Sweet Tea shows proved to be warranted, and the opportunities plentiful.  Through recent years I’ve built all kinds of things: shadow puppets, papercraft dog masks (so…many…), a wind machine, stage boxes, crown molding, rigging cables for outside (and inside) use. You know: theatre stuff.

For this season’s production of Pericles, we need a moon.Read More