Theatre Sheridan: “On the Town” Dinosaur Skeleton Project
For those of you who were lucky enough to see the Theatre Sheridan production of On the Town this past February, the enormous presence of dinosaur bones on stage could not have escaped your attention.
This is the untold story of how they were made:
Fletcher Evans, Izzy Heim, and Meaghan Hofer, students in our Technical Production program were responsible for working with our set designers to build these behemoth bones.
This project presented the huge challenge of how to build structurally sound props that could collapse every show without endangering anyone on stage, and then how to reassemble them for the next show. Working with Steve Mazza, Head of Properties, the students used electromagnets to attach the bones together, creating forty-eight dinosaur bones in total, which assembled into four twelve-foot tall legs. The bones were made with metal pipes, wooden and electromagnetic bases, and flexible foam. Using voltage and batteries to control the electromagnets, the team created a set-up that allowed the bones in the entire skeleton to collapse all together on cue.