I am back from the 18th (or 19th?) official S*P*A*M conference. This year’s host was Jim Luther, the Prop Director at Childsplay Theatre in Arizona. On the Saturday of the conference, he led us on a tour of his props shop and their facilities.
The front room of the shop is the “clean” room, which also had a number of props out for display. Jim showed us some pieces as we looked around.
Jim models a “Victorian exterminator’s suit” which he created for The Borrowers. Very Steampunk.
Natalie Kearns demonstrates how much fun a giant pair of scissors is.
Over in the carpentry section of the prop shop, we find a tiny red car which is in the middle of being upholstered.
In every corner which was not devoted to tools or materials, we found props from previous shows on display.
We also had the chance to peek into the prop storage room. Jim just finished moving all his props from a previous storage area in the past year, and he is going to have to move it all again before the end of this one.
Check back again at the end of the week for more photographs of the rest of Childsplay’s campus.