Styrofoam Carving Workshop Saturday, Oct. 22

October 20, 2011

CONTACT: Daniel Williams

JOPLIN, MO (SNS) - A Hands-on Styrofoam Carving Workshop will take place from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. this Saturday, Oct. 22 in Bud Walton Theatre.

The workshop, sponsored by the Missouri Southern State University Theatre Department, is free and open to the public. Dan Williams, Designer/Technical Director and assistant professor of Theatre at Missouri Southern will conduct the workshop.

Props can include walls, trees, fences, puppets and other items included in a production to help bring a scene to life.

In the past, many theatre props were made of wood or plywood. Styrofoam is now more commonly used for props for a number of reasons.

Constructing styrofoam theatre props generally requires no sophisticated tools. Usually a serrated knife will be sturdy enough to cut out the props. This means that the cast members will be able to accomplish this task instead of carpenters who must use saws, nails etc.

Another benefit that comes with using Styrofoam is that its light weight makes styrofoam props relatively easy to move on and off the stage during scene changes.

Styrofoam can be painted and carved to give it a lifelike appearance.

Daniel Williams received a B.F.A. in Theatre from Tarkio College. He has taught at Missouri Southern State University and Pittsburg State University.

He also served Designer Technical Director for the Alethea Mime Theatre and Wichita Contemporary Dance Theatre.