Behind the scenes video: Making stained glass for 'The Christians'

by John Moore | Feb 08, 2017

In the video above, DCPA Director of Scenic Arts Jana Mitchell takes you into the scene shop where she and her crew made the stained glass for the DCPA Theatre Company's The Christians.

The Christians. Jana Mitchell. Stained Glass."We always get a little giddy when we get stained-glass projects because ... it's fun," said Mitchell, who reveals all her secrets - and secret ingredients. Like how she mixes pigment with Pledge Floor Care to give the glass (which isn't even glass) color while remaining translucent.

Mitchell and her crew created two stained-glass trees, each 2 1/2-feet wide and 13 1/2-feet tall.  

Lucas Hnath's new play is about the mystery of faith and what happens when a doctrinal controversy shakes the foundation of a large community church. It plays through Feb. 26 in the Stage Theatre.

Video by DCPA Video Producer David Lenk and Senior Arts Journalist John Moore.

The Christians Process Stained Glass
The finished

Video bonus: Your first look at 'The Christians'

The Christians
: Ticket information
The ChristiansA new play about the mystery of faith and what happens when a doctrinal controversy shakes the foundation of a large community church.
Plays through Feb. 26
Stage Theatre
ASL and Audio-Described matinee at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12
303-893-4100 or BUY ONLINE

Selected previous NewsCenter coverage of The Christians:
The Christians is 'a pathway to empathy'
Video, photos: Your first look at The Christians
Composer Gary Grundei on music to move the masses
Five things we learned at first rehearsal 
Photos: Opening night of The Christians
Meet the cast: Robert Manning Jr.
Meet the cast: Caitlin Wise
2016-17 season: Nine shows, two world premieres, return to classics

The Christians Stained Glass.

The stained glass frame, before color is added. Photo by John Moore for the DCPA NewsCenter.

Photo gallery: The making of The Christians in Denver

'The Christians' in Denver

Photos from the making of The Christians by the DCPA Theatre Company, including opening night, first rehearsal, and more from the DCPA Scene Shop. To see more photos, click the forward arrow on the image above.

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John Moore
John Moore
Award-winning arts journalist John Moore has recently taken a groundbreaking new position as the DCPA’s Senior Arts Journalist. With The Denver Post, he was named one of the 12 most influential theater critics in the US by American Theatre Magazine. He is the founder of the Denver Actors Fund, a nonprofit that raises money for local artists in medical need. John is a native of Arvada and attended Regis Jesuit High School and the University of Colorado at Boulder. Follow him on Twitter @moorejohn.

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