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Potato chip bags from Heathers: The Musical

Various retro potato chip bags to stock a 7-11 display for UW-Madison's University Theatre production of Heathers: The Musical (April 2022). The bag graphics were built in Photoshop using reference photos gathered via Google Images and the 1988 Heathers film. The graphics are printed, then folded, stuffed with craft paper, and sealed. One of the Corn Nuts bags contains a packet of wooden beads that create a rustling sound when the bag is handled by J.D. and Veronica. Finishing touches include crimping the top edge using a paper crimper, trimming with pinking shears, and hole-punching to hang on the display. Graphics and prop fabrication by Lydia Berggruen (Props Master), display shelf built by Kaya Sarajian (Props Assistant). Materials: printed graphics, craft paper, Scotch tape, staples, wooden beads

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Book jackets from Heathers: The Musical

Four book jackets for books seen throughout UW-Madison's University Theatre production of Heathers: The Musical (April 2022). The book jackets for The Bell Jar and Moby Dick were found online and resized to fit books pulled from prop storage, while the graphics for Flowers of Evil and The Hunt for Red October were built in Photoshop based off an image of the front cover alone. The book jackets are printed and covered with contact paper before being fastened to the books. Graphics and fabrication by Lydia Berggruen (Props Master). Materials: hardcover books, printed images, contact paper, masking tape

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Drain cleaner bottle from Heathers: The Musical

A bottle of drain cleaner used to accidentally poison Heather Chandler in UW-Madison's University Theatre production of Heathers: The Musical (April 2022). Graphics built in Photoshop, then printed and sealed with contact paper before being applied to a small plastic jug. The bottle is filled with an edible "drain cleaner" solution made of blue Gatorade and water thickener, which Heather Chandler swallows onstage. Graphics and fabrication by Lydia Berggruen (Props Master). Materials: printed graphics, contact paper, 3M Super 77 spray adhesive, plastic jug, blue Gatorade, Thick-It beverage thickener

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Military documents from A Piece of My Heart

Two sets of Vietnam War-era military documents from UW-Madison's University Theatre production of A Piece of My Heart (March 2022). The clean copy is seen early in the show, as Officer Steele attempts to warn military officials of the Tet Offensive. Decades in the future, Steele brings the battered documents to lay at the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington D.C. The weathering treatment included soaking the documents in black tea, then adding layers of spray paint spatter. Historical documents sourced via Google Images, then Photoshopped and fabricated by Lydia Berggruen (Props Master). Materials: file folders, printed documents, black tea bags, acrylic paints, Rust-oleum spray paint

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Butterfly puppet from Rashomon

A kabuki-style butterfly puppet that flutters through the bamboo grove in UW-Madison's University Theatre production of Rashomon (July-Sept 2021). The paper puppet is mounted on the end of a flexible bamboo fishing pole, which is flicked up and down to give the butterfly its fluttering motion. The artwork is inspired by the butterfly puppets seen in a production of The Mirror Lion at the National Theatre of Japan (as seen here). Materials: cardstock, acrylic paints, insulation foam, spackle, bamboo fishing pole, low temp hot glue

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