I had the opportunity to be a small part of Ken Basore’s backstage crew for Met2’s Seussical The Musical 2012. My 6-year old son JJ rehearsed for months and played the part of a Who–no matter how small! One Saturday before the opening, a small group of parents and staff prepared the backstage decorations for the stage. I took a partial shot (above) of the saw horse and a new panel to document my memory of some of the construction aspects from that day. I got to use my jigsaw, the staff circular saw, and lots of supplied paint to refurbish the previously used sections. I was allowed to whimsically line some columns. I did a reflecting line like I used to when I doodled as a kid! I felt the spirit of Seuss! Four of the six very large top panels you see below were newly produced, for the larger stage, on that day, as well as two new arches below.
I was installing some art yesterday and my son wanted to hold the hammer. I was looking around for things he could hit and then realized that instead of him banging the carpet, I could actually show him why it’s useful!
In a short time he learned to straighten the hammer directly over the nail, and to use his weight more effectively. It was fun!
We used three small layers or drywall board (cut from 1/4 a drywall board available at the hardware store) to hammer into. It’s much easier to hammer than wood. The edges of drywall can be taped to keep the gypsum from crumbling and the paper together. These make excellent drawing boards!