The last couple of weeks have been quiet at Mermaid. The summer is a good time for vacations, and so the office has been unusually quiet. Also, there are currently no tours on the road or even rehearsing to go on the road, so even my inbox is quiet.
However, production continues on our new show, and within the next couple of weeks things are going to start getting very busy. We have three simultaneous tours this fall, including our new show which is still in production. The Production Department is where the action has really been happening lately.
The puppets are getting carved, filled with hardware for puppeteers, covered with cotton fabric and painted, one-by-one. I love that while I’m sitting in the office, I’ll often look up and see something crossing in front of my desk.
Upstairs, they do the final work, including the fabric and painting. Since we use a black light to make the puppets “pop” on stage, we also have to use them when we paint, since the colours change under the unique lighting. In the painting room, we have a few of the little guys awaiting the next step:
For now, I’m enjoying a quiet Wednesday, listening to the traffic on the street and the power tools in the shop. It’s going to be a busy fall. Stay tuned for stories about life outside the office, on the road with our companies.