The main challenge our creative team faced during THE MIRACULOUS JOURNEY OF EDWARD TULANE was to show how Edward Tulane transforms with the passage of time in the best, most effective and efficient way. After researching and trying different techniques, First Stage’s Prop Department came up with a process that included sculpting, molding, casting, painting, and construction of ears and bodies, to assemble a grand total of seven different rabbits. In addition, four outfits were rented from the Chicago Children's Theatre, and the other outfits were designed and produced by First Stage's Prop Department.

First Stage’s Production and Prop Departments make magic happen onstage for all of our productions. Many of the props you see on stage are designed, created and brought to life on stage by our very own team. The creative team behind this project includes: Andy Acker, Melissa Hunter, Nikki Kulas, Anna McHenry and Libby Nelson.
Clay sculpture of Edward Tulane
Edward Tulane mold

Casts right out of the mold were then sanded and cleaned to
get ready for painting

Heads painted and ready for ears and assembly
Putting it all together

Join us for THE MIRACULOUS JOURNEY OF EDWARD TULANE, January 12 through February 11, 2018 at the Marcus Center's Todd Wehr Theater. 

Join us for our upcoming TECH TALKS

Sunday, January 21 Following the 3:30 p.m. performance
Live ragtime music underscores the play. Discover more about the music behind Edward Tulane with Music Director Jeff Schaetzke.

Saturday, February 3Following the 3:30 p.m. performance
Learn about the making of the Edward Tulane rabbits with Scenic Designer Brandon Kirkham and Properties Master Nikki Kulas

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