Built for Denver Center for the Performing Arts’ The Unsinkable Molly Brown, 2014

Designed By: Derek McLane

Built By: Justin Hicks, Tyler Stauffer, Keli Sequoia, Mel Springer, Jana Mitchell

Materials: Aluminum tube, acrylic glass, vacu-form plastic

Part of the joy INCITE has had working for the DCPA is the multitude a interesting projects that required used our skills in unconventional ways. The Unsinkable Molly Brown, written by Meredith Willson, has a musical number in the famous Ice Palace and required some scenery to look as though it was made of ice. Our solution was to make arches consisting of an aluminum frame and faced with acrylic glass. Then each frame was fitted with 44 custom “ice cubes” made from vacu-formed plastic. Each cube was attached individually so when lit, the cubes appeared to be separate blocks. Two arches were equipped with castors to be pushed onstage by actors, while one more arch was rigged to be flown in on a line set.

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