For Pocket Opera‘s 2011 production of The Elixir of Love, the director asked me to furnish Dr. Dulcamara with a two-tiered wagon, filled with bottles of potions, and with a removable banner advertising his wares. A one-tiered wagon was made available by Masquers Playhouse. I added a tier and a plexiglass window, and wood-grained the addition to match. Sockets in the upper tier accommodate poles, a painted canvas sign is spring-clipped to eyes at the top of the poles, and pennants are strung as the audience observes the doctor set up his “shop.”
The director also required a tiered wedding cake. I built this one of polystyrene forms purchased online, iced it with drywall compound, and decorated it with fabric roses.