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Re: Unusual Fire Effect for *Hamlet*
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 355.  Friday, 4 June 1993.
 
(1)     From:   James McKenna <
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        Date:   Thursday, 03 Jun 1993 09:21:42 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 4.0350  Unusual Fire Effect for *Hamlet*
 
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        Date:   Thursday, 3 Jun 93 15:31:36 PDT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 4.0350  Unusual Fire Effect for *Hamlet*
 
 
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Date:           Thursday, 03 Jun 1993 09:21:42 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 4.0350  Unusual Fire Effect for *Hamlet*
Comment:        Re: SHK 4.0350  Unusual Fire Effect for *Hamlet*
 
Can't say much about the fire, but for the ghost, here's an idea:  in the US we
have glow-in-the-dark paint that can hold its glow for a fair amount of time.
If you keep the ghost in a bright room until he goes on, he should be quite
spectral.
 
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Date:           Thursday, 3 Jun 93 15:31:36 PDT
Subject: 4.0350  Unusual Fire Effect for *Hamlet*
Comment:        Re: SHK 4.0350  Unusual Fire Effect for *Hamlet*
 
I agree with Kevin Berland.  Avoid actual fire producing, heat retaining
elements always.  I did technical direction for a Boston area chamber opera
group and now do high school productions.  Adults are no more cautious, and
sometimes less cautious, than high schoolers.  I also recommend a built up
unit.  I would use a small fixture like some of the newer PARs I've seen
mounted on a base directed at a mirror with a hard plastic 'coal' mock up
that could handle the ashes and actual stirring.  Surround that with your
fire edge, sticks, rocks, whatever.  I would build the hard plastic coal bed
out of pieces of car tail lights or other such plastic.  Get different models
of tail lights, the colors do vary.  If can put a hole in the stage
direct smoke machine through it.  Hit the smoke just before the lights come
up and the overall effect should be what you want.   Good luck.
 

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