Teen Intensives Behind the Scenes: Blood!

For today’s blog we interviewed Sophia Geerdes, the team lead for stage managers and assistant stage managers, on the fake blood used in the show.


1.) What was the process of choosing which fake blood to use?

I looked up some recipes and made samples for Margo (costume designer) to test with different fabrics. We decided that the best recipe would be laundry detergent and red dye #40. We also had to figure out what we were going to use for the edible blood. Luckily, they did a show with it recently enough that we had some left over. That was also tested and approved by Margo. When it came to how to make the blood work in the show, it was a lot of trial and error before we found the methods we are going to use.

2.) What factors did you take into consideration?

I knew that the blood would end up on all of the costumes so I wanted to make sure it wouldn’t stain. Corn syrup can get very sticky so I wanted to avoid that at all costs. I found the laundry detergent recipe, and that seemed very helpful because the cleaning product is in the blood.


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