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March 12, 2013

RSU faculty, student receive top honors

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KCACTF Region 6 includes Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.
Wong’s intricate designs for “Sleepy Hollow” helped capture the essence of rural upstate New York and the play’s more fantastic elements. Based on her initial watercolor renderings, her designs were created from plywood cutouts constructed at Fab Lab Tulsa, a community workspace providing access to  computer-controlled fabrication technology.
Wong also designed the headless horseman, which was a full-sized prop carried through the theatre’s main house during a crucial scene to close the first act.
Brimer worked closely with Wong and Hannah Hanley, a visual arts senior from Claremore, to help turn the designs into reality.
“There was lots of buzz at the conference about Jordan’s designs and the horse prop,” Brimer said. “When most of the props on display were items you could easily hold in your hand and we brought a life-sized horse, it’s hard not to build some excitement around the students’ work.”
The feedback from the reviewers were widely impressed that Wong’s designs were developed from artistic watercolors, rather than through a more traditional theatre scenery design process, Brimer said. This somewhat unusual approach is where his role as a mentor paid off by helping Wong and Hanley actualize the designs from two-dimensional pictures and turning them into three-dimensional works with real visual impact.
The process for building the sets and props required elaborate jigsaw work on plywood, as well as fiberglass construction for the horse. As a sculptor, Brimer is intricately familiar with techniques to work with both.
A scene from “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” which was an original adaptation written by RSU seniors Josh Gammon of Broken Arrow and David Prock of Collinsville, was performed by RSU student actors at the historic Strand Theatre in Shreveport, La., during the festival.

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