The week we have all been waiting for is finally here. The show Northanger Abbey is open and all our hard work is done. The props are made, the scenes are painted and the stage is set. I am extremely excited to see all of the work the shop employees and myself have put into the show come to life. Now all that is left to do is sit back and watch an incredible performance by my fellow Westminster students.
This week seemed to fly by as we got closer and closer to opening night. We spent most of the week painting and preparing the stage. I helped to create the chest that appears on the stage as well as the large silk curtains. These jobs were simple but everyone could feel tensions rising as Thursday night approached us. I spent the next few hours this week painting the stage. I learned how to wood grain a floor to give the appearance of a solid wooden floor. This is done by certain brushes and the way the paint is applied onto the stage. I also learned how to gloss the stage and to give the floor a rich and shiny appearance to the audience. We then made some finishing touches to the props and furniture.
Over all I was very impressed with the work we had accomplished. When I first started working in the shop I had no idea what I would be learning or experiencing, but it was worth every second. Some days were harder than others but I never stopped learning and I picked up a few skills that I will be able to use for the rest of my life. I am very thankful for this opportunity to work in the theatre and cannot wait to see the production this weekend.