Old Trestle

Old Trestle

Old Trestle

Scenic Charge (summer job between JMU Freshman and Sophomore years)
FOOTLOOSE!
Blake High School Summer Musical Theatre Institute 2017

Michel D. D’Anna, Producer
Matthew J. Bowerman, Director

This imposing piece was only onstage for a few scenes at different times, but was a necessary story element that allowed the audience to follow Ren and Ariel in their journeys. The corrugated structure in the lower left above is the rusted tin described here.


Using the base colors that I used for the rust, I created a wet blend for the trestle. Knowing that I wasn’t going to apply the rusted texture with the glue technique like I had on the rusted siding, I still wanted it to look older. I drug the darker color on top of the dried orange until the paint ran out to create the look of the metal starting to get old. It also added nice shadow effects. After deciding that the purple was too dark, I dyed it down with a light spray of a white to balance out the dark lines.


And what does a rusting girder need? Graffiti, of course! Not just random tagging, either. Bobby > Bomont [translated: Bobby is greater than Bomont] and the tennis shoes were a sister’s tribute to her deceased brother, and Right 2 Dance sums up the plot. The overall graffiti supported the plot point of kids with a lot of time on their hands because the town had outlawed fun. The eerie black-lit glow of the iridescent BOOMONT reinforced the helpless feeling of the town’s teens whose leaders were afraid of their own shadows.


The spotlighting on the two actors was a great touch to focus the audience on the emotional elements of the cold steel trestle, while their legs hanging off the side into the darkness below created the illusion of height.

Scenic Charge (summer job between JMU Freshman and Sophomore years)
FOOTLOOSE!
Blake High School Summer Musical Theatre Institute 2017
Michel D. D’Anna, Producer
Matthew J. Bowerman, Director

Scenic Charge (summer job between JMU Freshman and Sophomore years)
FOOTLOOSE!
Blake High School Summer Musical Theatre Institute 2017
Michel D. D’Anna, Producer
Matthew J. Bowerman, Director


This imposing piece was only onstage for a few scenes at different times, but was a necessary story element that allowed the audience to follow Ren and Ariel in their journeys. The corrugated structure in the lower left above is the rusted tin described here.


Using the base colors that I used for the rust, I created a wet blend for the trestle. Knowing that I wasn’t going to apply the rusted texture with the glue technique like I had on the rusted siding, I still wanted it to look older. I drug the darker color on top of the dried orange until the paint ran out to create the look of the metal starting to get old. It also added nice shadow effects. After deciding that the purple was too dark, I dyed it down with a light spray of a white to balance out the dark lines.

And what does a rusting girder need? Graffiti, of course! Not just random tagging, either. Bobby > Bomont [translated: Bobby is greater than Bomont] and the tennis shoes were a sister’s tribute to her deceased brother, and Right 2 Dance sums up the plot. The overall graffiti supported the plot point of kids with a lot of time on their hands because the town had outlawed fun. The eerie black-lit glow of the iridescent BOOMONT reinforced the helpless feeling of the town’s teens whose leaders were afraid of their own shadows.

The spotlighting on the two actors was a great touch to focus the audience on the emotional elements of the cold steel trestle, while their legs hanging off the side into the darkness below created the illusion of height.


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