Soda Bottle Balustrade

I am designing the summer season for  Papermill Theatre with North Country Center for the Arts in the White Mountains of New Hampshire this summer.  The second production of the season was Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, directed by Kevin Hill, with Erik Anderson as the Technical Director. 

Kevin specifically asked for a curved balustrade unit that could be moved around the stage by performers.    This did not want to be simple wooden spindles.  It really needed to be the kind of big, cement balustrade that would be present at an upscale hotel on the Mediterranean in France.  This particular season is short on time and money for building.   This is our first season in our brand new facility.    Lathing  Styrofoam or wood was not an option, and any kind of ready-made product that I found was too expensive.    Then I had the idea to use soda bottles and water bottles.


The Last Word: A New Way to Go Green

We have been featured in Sightlines this month:

An online database and ad system is now in place allowing theatre companies to exchange and reuse materials. The site was created and conceived by Matt Kizer at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire.  It is called and is a developing project with a committee of professionals from across the United States.