This made the interior of the peach much smaller than we originally thought. So the kids were a bit smushed at first. There was also this strange pole in the middle of the structure for support. And there was a set of stairs bumped up to the edge of it, for the kids to crawl around on. It was just odd, to say the least. So Zoe had him back the stairs up so that it surrounded the pole. You can see how it changed the spacing for the kids, a few images below.
Then it came time to wrap the peach. We went shopping for fabric in Chinatown, and found colors and textures that matched our peach exactly.
Except that it wasn't cooperating.
We tried pulling the fabric taught over the edges, like stretching a canvas. But then the kids wouldn't fit on the interior shelves. You can see Zoe doing a test below. The shadows that we tested with lighting worked perfectly with the fabric exterior, but the sitting wasn't going to happen.
So we tried wrapping it loosely. We both loved how it looked, but felt like it resembled a giant cake. And while the kids could sit on the interior shelves if it was wrapped loosely, the shadows wouldn't work at all. I loved the idea of changing the play to be James and the Giant Cake. But, Zoe was right. It probably wouldn't have been a good idea . . . But just look how pretty it was all tucked in!
And since we weren't covering the whole thing, I decided that it needed a giant leaf. (I had to get fabric involved, somehow.) So I made a giant 6 foot leaf. I made the template, my superhero mom-volunteer for one of my classes cut out the fabric, and then I stitched it all together with one of Sarah's machines from the textiles room.
I sewed veins in it and let it get all bunch-y for texture. And I filled it with some random stuffing that I had in my classroom. It worked out, and looked beautiful from the audience!
I loved being able to work on the paintings and animated bits while the students were rehearsing. I found it hilarious to be using the giant screen as a humongous computer screen, while the kids were going over their lines and trying to concentrate. Overstimulation, much?!
Trying out the seagulls . . . (I really loved the seagulls!)
Testing to see if the peach could really grow . . .
Seeing the built peach with the animated peach behind it (above). Watching the waves bounce up and down (below).
Then I thought about the ladybug and the silk worm. Really, the silk work I had the most creative freedom on. I loved drawing that costume out--it was supposed to be more of a mint color. But the end result ended up being lime or chartreuse. And we ended up cutting their tails off and letting their heads show entirely. Didn't the girls turn out adorably?