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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Crash Box - Make Some Noise

Crash. Bam. There is an often used theatrical prop that the audience doesn't see, but is more likely to hear. For those who have ever sat in the theater and wondered about the crash heard offstage. More than likely its a Crash Box, an easy to create box that contains objects to make the crash sounds without shards of glass going everywhere.

Collect discarded or broken dishes and/or knick knack type things. (I had a couple broken dishes and a few broken Christmas ornaments to use.) Whatever it is make sure it IS NOT something that is good beause it will get broken and beat up. I added the broken dishes and ornaments with a couple empty and cleans cans from my recycling bin.

Place the broken dishes and whatever else you have to make noise inside a sturdy cardboard box. (Easy, right?) You want enough to make noise inside, more or less can be used depending on what you are doing.

Secure the ends of the box and sides with a sturdy tape like duct tape. Don't be stingy as you don;t want little shards of glass to escape. Secure and wrap to make sure all the seams and openings are taped well. (Then tape again to make sure.)

Once everything is secured drop. (I always writer "Crash Box" on the side to make it clear what it is) Eventually after enough dropping and crashing the bits will get so broken up that it will be tie to discard and start all over as needed  Usually you can get at least a show run or so out of the without any problems.

Make some noise.

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