Easter City Stage Design

Easter City

Edmond Vincent from Vertical Church in West Haven, CT brings us this mega Easter set design.

Here’s the info from Edmond, the staff artist/fabricator/set designer/builder.

This is our Easter Production Set “Miracles”. We tried to put a different twist on telling the story of Easter. The idea was to set the drama with a group of tourists in modern day Israel (Each with there own unique personality). They visit different locations where Jesus’ most notable miracles took place. Thru various parts of the tour … history would literally come to life in front of them. Each character had there own “vision” which impacted them personally.
We used “Tuning water into wine, Feeding of the five thousand, The paraplegic dropped thru the roof, Raising Lazarus from the dead, Walking on water, Calming of the storm, and The last supper”.

Lazarus’ tomb was carved out of foam and made to be easily taken apart. It was used in the first half of the drama, but was removed for the second to reveal the boat hidden behind. The boat is entirely made of wood- nineteen feet long and nine feet wide It had to be made strong enough and big enough to handle the weight fourteen people. It was one giant glorified rocking horse, controlled by a long handle that came out the back, and operated by two men giving the rocking and pivoting motion. During the actually production we had dry ice cover the stage so the rockers of the boat were concealed. We projected the ocean environment behind and around the boat.

For the “Upper Room” scene, I had in previous years built a two-story structure with an open front (using scaffolding). Actors would walk up stairs from the back and act out the last supper scene on the second level. But, this time we decided to film “The last supper” sequence, then project it on to the front of the building- giving the effect of the brick became transparent and you were able to see in side. Further pushing the envelope we came up with the idea of having a window that a live actor would start off looking out… he would close the window then, seamlessly transition over to video of him in the upper room with the rest of the disciples.

We used scaffolding for the majority of the under structures cladded with carved sheets of foam then painted with latex.

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3 responses to Easter City

  1. impressive!

  2. This stage design is incredible!!

    I was just wondering, where would one go about getting the foam used in much of this set? Other than ordering from a manufacturer directly, I haven’t found anywhere to buy it. Any help?

    • I use a company near us named “Madison Polymeric Engineering” they deal in custom foam packaging. They get large blocks of foam and then cut them down to the costumers specifications. If you do find someplace to buy… density is something else to consider. There’s “eps-1” and “eps-2” (Expanded Polystyrene). Number 2 being more dense and rigid, but not as easy to hot knife and heat gun.

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