WAAPA Student Does Props for Legally Blonde Play

Aveley resident Jackie Fitzgibbon worked behind the scenes for Legally Blonde.        Picture: Jon Green
Aveley resident Jackie Fitzgibbon worked behind the scenes for Legally Blonde.        Picture: Jon Green

AVELEY resident Jackie Fitzgibbon could be found making sure things ran smoothly behind the scenes of this year’s WAAPA production of Legally Blonde.

The third-year props and scenery student at WAAPA has spent the past four weeks doing 14-hour days to prepare visual and technical elements for the show.

Fitzgibbon was involved in fusing the technical and creative elements of Legally Blonde.

She helped build the pneumatic brakes on the moving scenery and has painted the set pieces for the show.

“We’ve been doing some crazy hours getting the set pieces painted and built ready for the show – it’s the biggest builds we’ve done,” she said

“It’s all worth it because it looks great.”

The props and scenery course has seen Fitzgibbon involved in some off-beat projects, such as designing half-human automated creature heads.

She was inspired to start the course after watching Cats.

“I saw Cats and the amazing set and thought ‘someone actually made this with their hands’ and thought I would also like to do something like that,” she said.

“I did art in high school where we needed to explain why we made something look the way they did, but with this we just make things to look cool.

“There’s often no reason behind it other than to make everything look fantastic and I really like that aspect of it.”

Graduates from WAAPA’s props and scenery course have gone onto work on major Hollywood movies like Wolverine.

For work placement, Fitzgibbon hopes to help on the Perth leg of Lion King.