From paper trains, snowflakes and oversized elf stockings hung up on the ceiling with care, accompanied with large candies and peppermint sticks, to wrapped presents stacked high and peppermint trees atop each table, it is truly a festive scene here at The Rep.
Decorations were created by the theatre’s Stagehands group, whose mission is to welcome and provide hospitality to The Rep’s visiting actors, directors and technical crew. With her vast interior design experience, Penny Beebe led the festive project that took over the lobby.
“When [the Stagehands] asked me if I was interested in doing decorations, I jumped on it,” Beebe said.
With just 10 days, there was not much time to create such a decorative space that would be suitable for Elf audiences, but along with several of the other Stagehands, they were able to create a one-of-a-kind scene that Buddy the Elf, himself, would approve of!
“When I saw the lobby area [and] saw the scale of it, [I knew] we need something big hanging from the ceiling,” Beebe said.
Enter the oversized elf stockings. The idea for these festive pieces came to Beebe at 2 a.m. one night, she said. Right then, she began cutting the felt for all of the stockings and started stuffing them all. Next up were the paper trains, snowflakes and the super-cute peppermint sticks, which Beebe said were made from old pool noodles (you know, the ones you use in the pool during the summer!).
“I had old pool noodles, so I took those, halfed them and found peppermint wrapping paper,” Beebe said.
If you haven’t seen the lobby firsthand, check it out before Elf‘s run ends on Jan. 4. While the remaining performances are sold out, there are 10 Standing Room Only seats at $40 apiece for each sold-out show. Just visit the Box Office an hour before curtain time to get a voucher. Get more information by calling (501) 378-0405 or by visiting TheRep.org.