Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Proppy, Proppy, Punch Bowl
Behold the proppy, proppy punch bowl from our current production of Cabaret*! This one surprised me, folks. I went back and forth with my boss about what should be in this punch bowl. The conversation went something (nothing) like this:
Me: Acrylic? Resin?
Boss: Heavy and expensive.
Boss: Now you're not even trying.
Me: Well, what do you suggest, smart guy?
Boss: We used to do this trick in opera with Plexiglas and spray paint.
Boss: You got any better ideas?
And that is how the proppy, proppy punch was born. Frankly, its success surprised us all.
First of all, I taped a fill line around the inside of the bowl. Then, I cut a piece of acrylic to fit into the bowl at the fill line, and cut out a notch along the edge for the ladle. Once this was done, I spray painted the inside of the bowl, and the bottom of the acrylic. I used design master paints, Cherry Wood Tone and.....one of the berry colors. Cranberry, maybe. I wanted it to look more like a wine punch than Hawaiian Punch, so I tried to keep the color subdued.
All that was left was to assemble the punch. I used snot tape to hold in the fake orange slices and ladle, and even to hold in the acrylic top. I most likely could have used something more permanent to hold in the acrylic, but I wasn't sure what was a better option. At least this way, I can disassemble and reuse the pieces when the show comes down. A few orange slices on top completed the punch (one small slice behind the ladle hides the notch.)
And that's it, the proppiest punch you ever did see! It sat on top of a buffet counter loaded with treats, and surrounded by beautiful people in their undies. Did it steal the show? No. Did it do the job? Yes.
If I were going to put a punch bowl smack down-center, this technique might not cut the mustard. Scratches in the paint give it away, as well as the tell tale clear edge of the acrylic, (though perhaps this could be remedied with some judicious Sharpie action). It is by no means a perfect solution, but it is light weight, simple to make, and effective from afar.
*(I will not title this post 'Punch and Jew-dy Show', I will not title this post 'Punch and Jew-dy Show')