Tuesday, February 19, 2013


So life has been pretty tame lately, with the exception of that snowstorm two weekends ago...

Work at the Huntington has been a steady force in the Life of Keelia. Having such a solid place to work at as a freelancer is rare and wonderful; I am pretty much employed through the spring. Things will not be so calm for the month of March, however.

Starting next week, I'll be in Washington D.C. for 10 days to work as a production assistant at a political event. A friend of mine, a fellow stagehand/freelancer in Boston, got the job from a contractor company and thought of me when they needed more hands. Lucky for me, my boss at the Hunt is awesome and told me I can come back afterwards. I have never done this before-- never been to D.C. either-- and so am excited and a little anxious all at once. It sounds like we may not have a lot of time for sightseeing or visiting due to a pretty intense schedule, but I am looking forward to it all the same!

(I realized today that I have almost no 'professional' clothing and went on a TJ Maxx rampage. My mother has kindly agreed to send me some items from home in VT, too, which is one of the many reasons she is awesome!)

After D.C. I will be at the Hunt for 2 weeks while working evenings and weekends with Moonbox Productions again, this time as their Master Electrican/Assistant Lighting Designer. I am very excited to work with this company again (the show is A New Brain; more info to come!) and a little nervous for the responsibilities involved. My LD is Jeff Salzberg, an old friend and co-worker, and he is a very patient teacher above all else. So hopefully all will go well. We are using some fun equipment-- source 4 LED's, IQ's, wireless DMX for lights embedded in the moving set piece-- so that will also be new.

And finally, at the end of March, I'm taking a week off to go to Florida with my cousin Patty on her spring break and visit my best friend Meg from the summer. Meg works at Orlando Repertory Theater, so we will stay with her, go to Disney, and see some relatives!

Wish me luck this month :) busy busy!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Blizzard 2013

Over the weekend, Boston ad New England were hit with a massive snowstorm! I was luckily planning to leave my car at my aunt's house on Thursday anyway, and got the news that work was cancelled for Friday while still up in New Hampshire, so I stayed there for the long weekend to weather the storm. We had a lot of fun watching movies, shoveling show, playing board games, watching the weather, and of course playing in the snow!
my 8 year old cousin whooped us!

Tiny Tim is the lump near the basketball hoop.
My car, after a little snowblowing

Snowbanks= sledding hills!
I'm a sucker....

Excavation on Sunday.
 My aunt and uncle have been so good to me over the past few months. They packed me up with snacks and beer and drove me back into Somerville on Sunday. Tiny Tim will stay at their house until I can find a good way to park him closer to me. Thanks Auntie Mary and Uncle Jim: I get my "cool aunt" inspiration for my future nephew (and nieces and nephews TBD) from you both!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

last week's adventures

Last week at the Hunt, we struck the set for Invisible Man, the mainstage that opened in January. I wish I had taken pictures of this set coming down, but the atmosphere during a strike is very purposeful and fast-paced, with lots of concern for speed and safety all at once. You can find some pictures of this set going up earlier in my blog, especially here. I enjoyed this strike; I worked on taking down a lot of the walls and columns and eventually did some work on the fly rail. The Hunt usually has 2 people in harnesses open a big door at the back of the stage that leads to the dumpster, where only those 2 people can approach the door, so the rest of us chop stuff up and send it their way, unless it is a set element that we are saving. Other people formed teams in the grid wayyy up in the air, making sure hanging things were taken down safely. We worked around electrics and props people as well. The strike went well; we started at 5:30pm and we were home by 2am.

We also had more work during the week on a show we know as 602. The 600's series are not mainstage shows (Our Town, which was located off-site, was a 600 show) and therefore we know less about it and the set is generally smaller and less complex. I built 2 small, custom stair units while other people in the shop started some flats, finished up Raisin in the Sun (004) and shop projects, like installing and squaring a new metal saw and putting in some shelves for the costume department. I also worked on a set of flats that will be put together to make a sort of doorway or portal for the 602 show. They were complicated in that some were mirror images of the others, and the steel framing is at a 6 degree angle, and the wood pieces we added had to be rounded over so the fabric that eventually gets stretched over it won't rip....

All the fun.

Stair units

Friday, February 1, 2013

The Glamorous Life

This week has been a little less crazy in terms of amounts of work I've taken on, allowing me to completely recover from a cold and to relax a little and make plans for the future. 

At the Huntington, we struck the set of Our Town. This show performed at the Boston Center for the Arts, about 15 minutes away from the Huntington's main theater. It was a messy strike, since a lot of the set was custom built and therefore unlikely to be used again (especially not with the small amount of storage space this city-based theater has)-- so a lot of it had to be demolished down to dumpster size. Not to mention the fireproofed fake snow and the real trees we brought in for parts of the set.

During the building stage
I worked with the scenic designer to put these trees in behind the doorway you see in the first photo...
...and it looked kind of like this from the front when the show opened.
We took all of Monday to get rid of the entire set.
After that, we worked to restore the space to its original state/to a different seating configuration. We worked closely with the managers of the space to install a huge amount of risers and seats (which involves a surprising number of parts and leveling), to store pipes and equipment properly, and to ensure all of the Huntington's tools were returned to our shop. Although we work in that space often, other groups rent it as well, and many of the students we see at the shop at Huntington Ave are also in and out of this space or one of the many theaters in the complex on Tremont Street.

So, kind of like recovering seats last week at the Hunt...the end of this week has been pretty tedious. It just goes to show, people in this business have to love what they do. John Devlin told me they have to need it. I know I do because although it sucks sometimes, the results and the people are so worth it.