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Monday, March 14, 2016

Tyvek Scenery Scrolls at Red Herring Puppets

Lisa Sturz, Artistic Director at Red Herring Puppets provides the following on how she creates scenery scrolls for productions using Tyvek from Material Concepts. Red Herring Puppets is an award winning national touring company based in Asheville, North Carolina specializing in curriculum-based edu-tainment. Lisa Sturz has worked with Jim Henson Productions, Walt Disney Imagineering, The Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Asheville Symphony, and many more. She has used long Tyvek scrolls for several of her productions.

Many thanks to Lisa for sending us the photos and descriptions of some productions in action. All photos used with her permission. Visit the Red Herring Puppets website to find out more.

From Red Herring Puppets production of "The Big Dipper: Calendar, Compass & Clock". This scene scrolls by as we hear the traditional song "Follow the Drinking Gourd" to show how the Big Dipper can be used as a compass. The scene is painted by C.J. Randall using acrylics.

Red Herring Puppets Tyvek Scenery 1

The next three images are from Red Herring Puppets production of "Little One-Inch". The scenery is painted by Lisa Sturz using Japanese Sumi-e ink.

Red Herring Puppets Tyvek Scenery 2

Red Herring Puppets Tyvek Scenery 3

Red Herring Puppets Tyvek Scenery 4

The last two scenes are from "My Grandfather’s Prayers", drawn by Lisa Sturz and Emily Bader with Sumi-e ink and transparent water colors. This one is backlit and photographed from the front.

Red Herring Puppets Tyvek Scenery 7

This scene is lit from behind with shadow figures.

Red Herring Puppets Tyvek Scenery 6

To see the Tyvek scenery scrolls in action, view the video from The Big Dipper: Calendar, Compass, & Clock.

Thanks again Lisa Sturz and Red Herring Puppets for providing the info on this innovative use of Tyvek as scrolling scenery. Material Concepts provides Tyvek rolls to many theaters that are used for scenery. In this case, Red Herring Puppets used Tyvek style 1073D. Whatever the application, Material Concepts can always provide expert recommendations on the Tyvek style that will work best. Just contact Material Concepts or via phone: 215-338-6515 or 1-800-372-3366.

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