First Night 2007
The "Beast" was constructed in the shops of the
University of Pittsburgh Theater Arts Department. Here,
Venise and I mount one of the three dragon heads for a trial
run of its flexible neck. Designer Tavia LaFollette
Draping the colorful, translucent skin on the
back of the Beast's skeleton. Most of these photos were taken
by Jesha Chen, who also assisted with construction.
Reassembling the Beast on location underneath
the Convention Center.
Tavia's husband Gary steadies a ladder.
The Parade. Animating the rolling puppet
required five operators, led by Tavia. Yes, it was raining.
Fortunately not too cold.