SUMMIT, NJ - Looking for a cost-efficient way to design and create props for the Lincoln-Hubbard spring production of Seussical, Jr., Summit teachers Truc-Lan Vu, of Lincoln-Hubbard Elementary, and Summit High School's Kevin Schauer recently completed a co-curricular and multi-grade project in and outside of their classrooms.
The boxes were made from wood and painted black. During the show, they were used to create seats, beds, and platforms for the actors to use. The props were lightweight so the fourth and fifth grade actors and technical crew could easily carry the props on and off stage. These kinds of theater boxes can be re-used year-to-year, and are popular in many productions for their versatility.
“The students really enjoyed the project,” said Schauer. “Our Wood Technology classes learn a variety of skills, and a project like this showed them how these skills can be useful in the real world.”
According to Vu, the prop boxes -- like the production itself -- were a hit. “The students loved using the boxes on stage. They were easy to use, and allowed the actors to use the same props in different configuration. We are so thankful for this opportunity to collaborate with the high school staff and students.”
This is the fourth year the Lincoln-Hubbard PTO has sponsored a theatre production at the school. Past shows included Alice in Wonderland Jr., Annie Jr., and The Little Mermaid Jr. Additional funding for the show was also provided by the Summit Performing Arts Resource Committee (SPARC).