Ohio University – 2020
Director: Brian Evans
Scenic Designer: C. David Russell
Props Master: Islay Reed
Using the reference image drawn by the designer, I drew out a full-scale rendering of the throne by hand. I used this to lay out and cut my plywood for the seat back and base, and calculate and drill the holes for buttons. I then welded together the base frame for the throne out of 3/4” box tube, with 1/4” flat stock spreaders at the bottom with holes for either lags or screws in order to securely attach the throne to the platform I upholstered the cushions with 2” foam, batting and red velvet before moving on to the skeletons. The skeletons we bought were plastic, mostly held together with drywall screws and hot glue. For each pose, I deconstructed the skeleton and laid them out in pieces on my original drawing, then bent (both cold and hot) and welded 1/8” and 1/4” rod to create a “frame” that would mimic the desired pose. I then reconstructed each skeleton around this frame using wire, friction and epoxy to secure it tightly at each joint. Each skeleton has an angle iron welded at the point it attaches to the chair frame, through which it bolts to the frame so that the entire throne can disassemble for transport if necessary.
Once the skeletons were complete I dressed the bottom of the chair frame with extraneous bones, screwing and wiring them to the frame and platform as I went. Finally, I used sponges and a combination of yellow-white and brown paints to tie all of the skeletons and bones of different types together into a cohesive look.
Labor Hours: Approx. 30