Diary of Anne Franke

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Project by tooldad posted 04-11-2009 06:37 AM 2608 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is our fall play set for the Diary of Anne Franke. This set involved nearly 50 sheets of plywood, 3 levels and nearly 800 square feet of stage. In fact the director even said the set was larger than the real annex. He tried to keep it as close as possible to the real thing including color schemes, but had to make it a little wider for theatrical reasons so that actors wouldn’t have their backs to the audience.

About half of this set didn’t exist one month before the show. We had to build 14 platforms (2×4frames with 3/4 ply) and 12 wall flats (1×3 wall with luan), in addition to the base coat paint, texture paint, and woodgraining.

This set took approximately 40 hours on stage by myself, a student teacher, and several student actors and crews. Who knows how many man hours actually went into it?

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#1 posted 04-11-2009 07:06 AM

This looks like soooooo much fun!

We have a summer theater here and I have often thought of volunteering to work on the sets.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 04-11-2009 08:31 AM

Great project and a great story to keep retelling so future generations know their history!! Thanks for posting.

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#3 posted 04-11-2009 03:39 PM

Great looking set!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 04-11-2009 05:30 PM

looks great .That’s a big unique project


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#5 posted 04-11-2009 08:20 PM

this is what i am going to be studing at university scenic construction hopefully one day ill be able to do such sets.

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#6 posted 04-11-2009 08:30 PM

That is so great. Thanks for showing it.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#7 posted 04-11-2009 11:13 PM

I would love to see that show.very sad story I have seen the film several times.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#8 posted 04-12-2009 04:14 AM

Thanks for the compliments. I see people posting project after project and wonder to myself, what is my hold up? I am in the shop all the time and nothing really comes out. Then October or April rolls around then I am reminded of what I have been doing and why I had no extra time.

Flomp email me any time. It is literally a 3-D puzzle built in as many 4×8 sections as you can. We do have the 4×4’s and the 4×6’s, but keeping it module is the key to reusing.

One of my graduated technicians who went onto theatre in college came back and said the biggest thing she can’t get over is the sets at the college level are destroyed rather than reused. They also get to build onstage which makes a huge difference. Since our auditorium is a district auditiorium serving 2 high schools, 6 middle schools, and several elementary schools, our stage time is limited to 2 weeks or less. the kids are often rehearsing with chairs and other easily moveable objects. Then we have to figure how to store it all backstage and do quick scene changes.

Again thanks for the compliments. More projects that are more “true to woodworking” are coming soon!

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#9 posted 04-14-2009 12:25 AM

extraordinary! Very impressive

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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