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  1. What do you mean by dutching the tore in Into the woods? I am a 57 year old grandmother who is charge of building Repunzel’s tore, the grandmothers bed and the ramp. Any help or suggestions would be extremely appreciated. Thanks, Susan Gordon, seg2@

    • Hi Susan! ‘Dutching’ is a loose term used to describe a process similar to Papier-mâché, but using fabric instead of newspaper, and instead of glue and water, or water and flour, you instead use a mixture of paint, joint compound, and water. When dry, this creates a very very hard and long lasting shell.

      Build a form out of chicken wire stapled to your wooden base and then dip strips of muslin in the mixture and squeeze off the excess and lay them over the chicken wire, overlapping as you go. Once dry you can paint this with your details!

      Good luck!

    • I’m sure this reply is *far* too late. But for the future, (and to ease my guilt at not seeing this comment) I’ll explain anyway.

      I used a series of quilting hoops, starting with the largest diameter our local big-box-art-and-craft store had available, I think about 28-30in and going to their smallest size. I then took as many yards as I needed of green burlap (from the same store) which was about 48 inches wide I think, and starting at the bottom, I clamped the burlap into the quilting hoop, then a few feet up I took a smaller hoop, clamped it in place, and kept moving up the burlap until I had a full length beanstalk long enough to reach our ceiling.

      Then I took a very long length of black paracord and tied it to the end, strung up a pulley in the rafters, and let the beanstalk collapse on itself like a slinky. the whole thing ended up in a pile on the floor, a few cinder blocks on the bottom rung to keep it in place, and a kid backstage to pull as fast as they could on the paracord to get the beanstalk to ‘grow’.

      The whole pile of quilting hoops and burlap was hidden conveniently behind that ‘fallen tree trunk’ upstage so it couldn’t be seen until the beanstalk needed to grow.

      Honestly, I think it was one of my better ideas, and certainly was a hit with the kids in the audience as far as ‘realism’ goes.

      Thanks for your interest, and I’m sorry I wasn’t helpful sooner!


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