Act V, i aka Lady Macbeth’s sleep walking scene—
Act IV, ii - IV, iii aka the “Death of the Macduffs”, and “Malcom and Macduff” (or “Graham takes a nap”)—
Act III, iv aka the banquet scene—
Today we got some exciting news. First was that our show exceeded the expected revenue that was forecast by the Board of Directors. Looks like we brought in 150% of what was projected!
Then later today we found out the results from the Western Ontario Drama League’s pre-festival awards. We won two and were nominated for two others. Very exciting news.
• Winner of Best Sound Design
(of both In-Festival and Out-of-Festival):
Erin Windibank and Jonathan C. Dietrich
• Winner of the Special Adjudicator Award for
Most Creative Use of Makeup
• Nominated for Outstanding Performance
by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Josh Hoey (Macduff)
• Nominated for Best Visual Production
Congrats to everyone on the cast and crew for all of their hard work!
Start of Act III,i aka Macbeth’s coronation—
End of Act II,i - II,ii … aka the “dagger scene” and the murder of Duncan.—
Act I, i of the show. Thanks to Doug Serres, who shot this from the audience, for donating this footage.—
The cast and crew who were present for the final night.
Very early on, I knew that I wanted ribbon for blood effects in the show. Nick and Chad were on it early on, but it was hard to find something practical to use in fights where actor’s hands were both on a large weapon.
I can’t remember exactly who or how we came up with it, but we ended up with a really elegant solution that WOW’ed everyone, including ourselves.
A collection of ribbons were held together with a pair of 10 lb rare earth magnets and then taped up with some red duct tape. Then all of the ribbons were tucked down the hakama (pants) of the target, leaving only the small taped up magnet exposed.
Then when the metal tips of the weapons were placed near the target, the blood rig would attach itself to the blade, and when the weapons was withdrawn, pull the entire rig out with it.
We weren’t able to get it to work 100% of the time. I think the largest factor was if the blood rig shifted during the fight, prior to the strike. I think out of the entire show we missed 3/27 or a 11% failure, which is OK as the fight looks great without the blood. But when they did hit, it gave the sense of spectacle that we wanted, and that is so appropriate for the kabuki style.
World’s Largest Oshiguma?
As a gift to the director, the cast created this massive oshiguma on silk that contains all of their images from the final Friday performance.
I am amazed and awestruck! Thank you guys for all of your hard work, and this stunning keepsake.
A motion capture of our strike. (278 frames shot at one frame every 30 seconds.) A huge thank you to the few that stayed late to reset the lights.—
KWLT has a tradition that the cast may decorate a brick commemorating the show. Chris Klein headed up the effort. He created 4 different stencils and sprayed 4 different colors to get the show image on the brick. Then after the final show, each cast member left a finger smudge of their makeup on the brick. Finally to preserve it all, it was given a clear coat. Stunning work that will serve of a reminder of what we created together.
Celebrate endings, for they precede new beginnings