Much Ado – medals

Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on LinkedInShare on Google+Pin on PinterestShare on TumblrEmail this to someoneShare on StumbleUponBuffer this pageDigg thisShare on Reddit
Stratford Festival – 1998

The comedic police constables Dogberry and Verges are awarded medals at the end of “Much Ado About Nothing.”

I made two of these on short notice, but I admit I did not sew the beautiful ribbons together. My colleague Polly did. Actor Stephen Ouimette played Dogberry and Brian Tree played Verges.

In order to make the two medals, I went to the Stratford toy shop and bought beads in the shape of letters. I cut two disks of thin aluminum and i drilled holes in each of the letters and around one of the disks and “riveted” the letters in place using earring findings. They read “Messina Justicia”.

I drilled holes and using thread wire attached a toy sheriff’s star onto the disk upside down (a theatre trick is to use a familiar shape upside down so the audience can’t see it properly and figure out what it is, but it reads as a type of the real thing).

I also wired a curtain ring around the outside of the star. I then made holes around the edges and cut a piece of chain and wired it around the outside.

To conceal the wire ends on the back and to give the whole thing a luxurious weight, I glued a piece of felt on the back and then added the other flat aluminum disk.

This production also played at New York’s City Center.

Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on LinkedInShare on Google+Pin on PinterestShare on TumblrEmail this to someoneShare on StumbleUponBuffer this pageDigg thisShare on Reddit

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *