Ohio University Mainstage – 2018
Director: Anne McAlexander
Scenic Designer: Jacob Brown
Lighting Designer: Bentley Heydt
Costume Designer: Xintong Li
Props Master: Liz Hastings
This pouffe needed to be no more than four feet wide, roll without obvious wheels or brakes, and be danced upon. It was also an unusual shape – oval instead of circular. Each piece was a hand-scaled version of the first pattern I drew out full size on brown paper, cut out and used as a stencil on each material in the pouffe. I built the base layer out of a 3/4 ply ring topped with a solid 1/2 ply lid, sheathed and detailed in bendy ply. The legs are poplar laid up, shaped and notched with the bandsaw before being attached. The bottom ring was not structural, but simply laminated plywood cut to match the top oval and then notched to fit with the coordinating notches on the legs. Each leg had a fabricated metal bracket with an attached wheel, while the center support had a triple swivel caster attached. The top piece I created to be detachable, with supports where I knew the upholstery would need to eventually be.
After a long discussion with our scenic designer and props master we decided that if we used four inch foam for the seats the step to the top for the actor would be too much to do smoothly, so I built the seats as separate 1/2 ply “boxes” that fit the curves of both the exterior and interior ovals and then covered them with 1″ foam and batting. I also pattern matched all of the upholstery fabric at center.
Labor Hours: Approx. 45