Hmmmm. Ever wonder what was happening on the other side of the Shady Shark’s gunnel? What really was going on in Laguna’s little underwater world?
Well, when you saw this happening…..
…or maybe this on-stage….
…here’s what it looked like behind the gunnel. Laguna kneeling on a plumped-up couch and our stagehand ninja, Hans Peper, operating her mermaid tail. Take a look at how much room Hans has in which to manoeuvre himself and the tail. Not much!
And check out those support 2×4’s. Whenever Laguna dove out of sight, she (…and her tail…) had to make sure not to bump into a support. Hence the carpet covering!
…and Laguna took time to made some costume adjustments. Take a look at Johnny Deep in the background, studiously getting ready to play the next song. Oh wait. Upon closer scrutiny, we see that he’s actually…
…checking out the Jets game on his phone.
As Laguna is getting into position to pop up and scare the bejeezers out of the pirate students, (again, look at the space that Hans is working in)….
…our second stagehand, Cheryl Sinclair, is getting “Finn the fish” ready for his debut….
…in their little corner of the stage. Hmmm, looks like Hans drew the short straw on space allocation. Cheryl and Finn did however share their space with Laguna each night, when she had to avoid a flying black blur….
….otherwise known as a seasick Noah. Our villain also had to deftly avoid hitting the cross-supports (and Hans too!) as he tumbled over the gunnel.
A few minutes on the couch while Hans squirts him with water and drapes some seaweed over him, and Noah’s soon back on stage and up to no-good. Did poor Hans ever get a chance to stretch his cramped legs, you wonder?
Well, when you saw ‘slow motion’ happening on-stage….
…this is the man behind it all. (“Ahhhh, that feels sooooo good.”)
Finally, the show draws to a close, and Laguna’s tail makes its final appearance…
…and is miraculously replaced by honest-to-goodness legs that Laguna uses to climb over the gunnel.
We all know that new legs take a little getting used to, but all is well…
…and Kenny grabs his bodhran drum (hanging on the backside of the gunnel) for the finale…
Special thanks to Tammy Bleue, Cheryl Sinclair and Al Doern for the photos, and to Shirley Gibb for the write up.
More photos of the 2015 production can be found under the History tab in the menu above.