Brian IS... the Information-ator
This year, Phil had added a fresh new take on Rush Hour to mix things up and add some variety. We have a new format to add to the standard song/welcome skit/character sketch/Word Segment/song/etc… format.
I dunno if this is Phil’s brain-child or came from the 252 curriculum folks (see glossary) , but twice this season, we have taken an entire RH production to talk about FAITH SKILLS.
At Rush Hour, we believe with all our hearts that what happens in the home is WAAAAYYY more important than anything we do on the RH stage. So on a Faith Skill week, we give the character actors the week off (Vinny, Mrs. F, Cammie, Gordo — those are our character actors). Instead, we get the crew, vocals, and the comic and credible hosts to lead the audience through a series of hands-on discussions and activities so they can get some practice using these faith skills.
The first week we did this, the Faith skill was about sharing our faith. “Who Can You Tell.” That’s when we used the Shakespeare costumes, etc. We also had a bit using an “information-ator” costume. It had a couple of important features. #1 it has to look computer-ish. #2 It had to look like a contraption the co-host made. #3 It had to somehow prevent the co-host from being able to tie his/her shoes. Because it was a heavy-duty costuming week for me with 2 complete Shakespeare outfits to sew, and TONS of lines to learn, I went with a simple poster board design for the Informationator.
Just slip hands thru the pipe-cleaners and spread fingers to keep the keyboard on the hands.
The keys on the keyboard are fun-foam. Pipe cleaners poked up from underneath hold his hands in place on one finger and his wrists – loose enough to slip his hands through, tight enough that he just has to spread his fingers out for it to stay on.
Headpiece construction - click to enlarge
The “screen” is made from poster-board, decorated and hot-glued to a girl’s plastic head-band. I then attached the headband to a visor for stability. I twisted some pipe cleaners around mine to get my sunglasses to stay with the visor. That way I could put it on in one quick movement. Brian’s sunglasses are nicer, I think he put his on separately. 🙂
CDs, net and silver ribbon. Just because.
It needed a little more movement and goofyness and flash, so I took some black tulle (petticoat netting) and hot glued some silver ribbon and some CDs to it. I sandwiched the net between pairs of cd’s and put the hot glue on the cds, not the net. I used real cd’s but you could use fun foam, cardboard, poster-board, etc. I folded the net in half and cut a slit in the net for the actor’s head. Not that it was crucial to the design, but I did hot glue some cd pairs right on the shoulders next to the neck slit. They were vaguely reminiscent of epaulets, and did two things… 1. Made it easy for the actor to find the head-hole. 2. Reinforced the slit in the fabric so it didn’t rip. Easy-peasy.
It was a good design for a quick change and it fit my schedule better than a head-toe Iron-man costume complete with real computer parts fastened to a spandex jumpsuit. Although the spandex and computer parts would have rocked!