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149 Scenic Painter Jeff Barrick


Love of all art styles gives scenic painter Jeff Barrick a lot of inspiration to draw upon

Scenic painter Jeff Barrick working on the grand olio for Zombie Prom.

Scenic painter Jeff Barrick working on the grand olio for “Zombie Prom.”

Jeff Barrick is a scenic painter working at Indiana University South Bend, but who also creates wonderful backdrops for The Geeks’ home theatre, Elkhart Civic Theatre in Northern Indiana.  He has created backdrops and scenic elements for such diverse shows as Count DraculaAssassinsCompany and many others.

Collaboration with the set designer, (in this case, Geek John Shoup) is critical to successful design, but so is research.  Barrick almost always uses reference material for inspiration and design concepts.  Anything, from comic books to film, to wallpaper patterns to other set designs, can qualify.  Barrick takes these elements and imaginatively works them into scenic elements that fit the specific needs of a particular show.

Most recently, Barrick borrowed a graphic look from the cover of an old romance comic book to create the creepy grand olio (listen to the episode to learn what this is) for a production of Zombie Prom.

Spend some time with the Geeks (including honorary Geek Deirdre Lovejoy) to hear more about Jeff’s process for scenic painting.  And take a look at the following videos to see Jeff (and John) at work.

More of Jeff’s work can be seen Jeff Barrick, Muralist.


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148 Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival




Aaron Nichols

Aaron Nichols, Director of Audience Development for the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival and other events at ND, joins us to talk Shakespeare, festivals and other things theatre.  Great conversation with the Geeks.


147 Putting music on stage


Live music, clicktracks and other music-making options

This time the Geeks discuss use of live vs recorded music for musicals.  Budget is always a concern when considering music on stage.  But what about quality? Some musicians are very good, but they may cost money.  You may be lucky enough to have volunteer musicians that are good — or not.  Likewise, some recorded soundtracks sound good, others, are pretty chintzy.  The Geeks talk about various options and considerations that can make or break your next musical.