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…and since you can see some snaps of what things are looking like on stage, here are a few assorted snippets of where things have been and come since that first day of rehearsal almost exactly a month ago. First up, a few excerpts from an early stage manager’s report, showing the evolution of thinking about some set dressing (including that laundry line pictured elsewhere, not to mention some scantily clad ensemble members dressing Glinda’s palanquin). You also get a sense of some of the thoughts behind some supporting characters who make passing appearances. How close did this come to what eventually ended up on stage? Well, you have to see the show to know that, duh! And if you’ve seen it and find yourself reading this, weigh in with a note. Or if you’ve seen it and wonder about another element, pose the query and we’ll try to get you some background.
- We are thinking that the clothespins in scene 1 should be the type that actually clip. May we have some to work with in rehearsal? Thank you.
- Please ADD feather fans for the four ensemble women to use to fan Glinda.
- Irene is thinking that the items that come from the Wiz’ suitcase may be from Vietnam. Possibly the courage medal is something he earned in the war.
- The winged monkey that appears first (MaShawn) should be recognizable as the leader of the monkeys.
- Irene and Willie would like to use the ensemble women as attendants to Glinda. This is in addition to the four men who carry the litter.
Were there was any sodas/soda bottles (other than Coke) in existence in 1927 Chicago? Can you suggest what these liquid props might be? We need other liquid to be delivered with the sandwiches, & to be available to be drunk onstage.
So, by the 1920s, Soda was big business—and prohibition actually propelled the demand even further. By 1927, there were a few big names circulating nationally (in addition to Coke) such as Vernor’s Ginger Ale (the first US soft drink, invented in 1866), Dr. Pepper (which was actually invented in 1885, a year before Coca Cola), Pepsi (invented in 1898), Hires (the rootbeer, invented in 1876), and Ward’s Orange Crush (which was originally invented in Chicago in 1906, now known simply as Orange Crush).
There’s this publisher/collector, Digger Odell, devoted to educating the public on antique bottles and publishing price guides for bottles. He has some great info on soda—and soda bottles—from the 1920s. I’ve pasted some of the most text below (with a few sample pictures), but if the props department doesn’t already have this site/book—or one like it—it may be something they want to check out—there are A LOT of images!:
“Many of the sodas of the 1920s were embossed like counterparts of earlier decades. But unlike their counterparts they display lavish design elements. The variety seems endless in the competition to be noticed.
The 1920s were the heyday of the designer soda. Anyone could put up soda. Generic bottles were cheaper than the designed bottles and labels could be applied for brand identification. The labels, of course did not last and so became a bother and an added expense. The designer bottles could have the proprietors name blown into the glass along with the design. The design helped with brand identification and customer loyalty. In a field as crowded as the soda beverage field getting noticed was getting more difficult…”
Thanks for the new stuff.
The wind up grandma toy broke. Can we get a different wind up toy?
We would also like to add a cow can (that toy that you turn upside down and it makes a “moo” sound).
Just some of the wonderful notes out of today’s rehearsal of Working It Out (the last run in the rehearsal room before the cast and everyone else move into the space to start tech). Who says theater ain’t a serious and weighty endeavor, huh?
These notes in particular, by the way, are for Lynn Rosen’s Washed Up on the Potomac, set (as one might gather from some of Kristi’s other posts on the subject) in a proof-reading office. If there’s anyone who can wring unexpected laughs, and more, from cracks about missing commas or bold face print, it’s Rosen.