Sometimes a production needs food on the table. Not necessarily edible food – just prop food to fill the space and make the audience aware that the characters are about to partake in a meal. Whether it’s Fezziwig’s feast in A Christmas Carol, “Be Our Guest” in The Beauty and The Beast or the Capulets’ feast in Romeo & Juliet – props artisans are often called to make a tableful of fake food.
Karestin Harrison poses with a cornucopia of her prop food projects at USITT
One such props artisan is Karestin Harrison who is currently co-writing on a book on the subject with scenic designer/artist Tammy Honesty. They shared with us two simple recipes for whipping up a couple of prop dishes to serve to your audience.
Keep an eye out for Harrison and Honesty’s book, The Fake Food Cookbook: Props You Can’t Eat for Theatre, Film, and TV, which is scheduled to be published by Routledge in late 2017/early 2018. There will be more than fifty recipes for inedible food and a dozen edible beverages. To learn more about the Rosco products Karestin Harrison used in the recipes above, visit the Rosco Paints web page and the Rosco Scenic Products web page.