|Steffan Soule co-created, co-produced and performed in the original production of “Still Life with Iris”. The play features the magic of Steffan Soule and author/illustrator Cooper Edens. Steffan worked on the creation of this play with Linda Hartzell and Seattle Children’s Theatre from 1993 through 1998. There were many phases of development from conception to fundraising to building the grand illusions to directing and performing the magic at every performance.Currently, Steffan performs for private parties and corporate events across the nation while lecturing for magicians and instructing theatres on the magic in “Still Life”. He and Cooper Edens continue to collaborate on new magical images that push the artistic envelope. Some of the original magic from the first production of “Still Life” was performed by Steffan in the longest running magic show on the West Coast, Mysterian® which featured the Hour Glass along with other Cooper Edens/Steffan Soule magic vignettes*.Here is some information about involving magic with the play, Still Life with Iris.
The first act of “Still Life with Iris” appears in a magical world created by Cooper Edens. Reading Cooper Edens’ book “Caretakers of Wonder” will shed light on how Edens, Soule, Hartzell and Dietz developed this play.
At the end of the show, the Flower Painter can produce a rose or make a rose light up and float around his arms as he gives it to Rose/Mom/Miss Overlook.
The rental fee for the Bolt Bender equipment is $1500.00 which includes an instructional video and performance rights.
Flower Painter: You will need a cart for the flower effect. The Flower Painter’s cart must be open on the front, and it helps him enter and exit with the magic flower props. Estimate $250.
Bolt Bender: You will need neon sticks and “lightning bolts” from a local neon sign store. (Sometimes they will loan an odd item for the “cactus bit”.) These range from $35 to $150 per stick/bolt. You will need at least four: two sticks and two bolts if you attempt the entire routine including the floating/dancing bolt. You may also want some fire effects which cost from 1 to 5 dollars per show. And, then there is the cart and the quiver for the Bolt Bender. The cart holds the electrical devise and the quiver holds the neon. Estimate $850 for cart, quiver and neon.
The Bolt Bender routine should be supervised and if possible performed by an “expert” since it involves high voltage and glass and fire! We never had any problem, even when working with 12 year olds, but you must be warned. These effects are dangerous, and when used by inexperienced performers, the danger is serious.
Technically, fire effects must be approved by the Fire Marshal. This is usually not difficult. Once you know the effects you want to use, you can call the local Fire Marshal for information.
Summary of Costs:
Please visit steffansoule.com/slwi to see pictures of these effects in the original production.
Still Life with Magic:
In order to produce all of the magic that your team can accommodate, we offer two three day workshops. The first is with Steffan, the director and the actors at the start of rehearsals, and, the second involves refinements for three days during tech week before opening night.
Please call Steffan Soule to discuss rates and learn about theatre companies that have received NEA Grants that they used for this purpose.
Steffan Soule – A Touch of Magic
*For more information about Mysterian: www.steffansoule.com/mysterian
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