Saturday, July 29, 2006

Sweeney, Reinterpreted

I am blessed to know one of the most creative and talented persons around. Her name is Vanesa, and her team of artists are helping me develop a slightly more warped and sinister SWEENEY TODD character set.

While I like Stephen Langdale's SWEENEY, I wanted to use it as a study guide rather than to perform with it. Using it as such, my friend had her associates do up some preliminary sketches of character sheets, examples of which you see here.

I particularly like Sweeney sans wig - this is not going to be for the faint of heart (I gleefully say in my head!)

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Baby Steps

[Stephen Langdale's Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber]

I humbly offer evidence of my first attempts at coloring toy theatre sheet...

I would love to have made my copies onto watercolor paper, but the print shops around me don't have any large enough for the theatre I'm going to be using this for. The best they could offer was a heavy paper like card stock, recommended because it would make a good strong print. I'm using high quality pastels to color it with, and the color so far looks very nice. I also obtained some gold leaf which I might use a bit of around the proscenium eventually...

Sunday, July 16, 2006

NEW Toy Theatre Film

I discovered a site today documenting a toy theatre film project called "Dante's Inferno" - but it may not be what you think! Nonetheless, it definitely is intriguing, especially considering recent discussion about capturing toy theatre on film...

To read how they did it, go here.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Whimsical Public Art

During a long weekend getaway this past weekend, I saw these fun sculptures in downtown Minneapolis. They were created by an amazing artist named Tom Otterness who does most of his work for public exhibition. Tom's themes are cartoonish, whimsical, and sometimes dark and subversive - I love it!

Monday, July 03, 2006


Just got the Stephen Langdale SWEENEY TODD toy theatre play in the mail today. Lucky me got the character and scene sheets, also! Being the neophyte I am, it will take me time to read and absorb it all, let alone mount, color, cut, etc. all the characters and scenes! It will be a lot of fun, but a very slow process for me as I work full-time and have other free-time commitments. But fear not, dear readers, I will keep you posted...