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Bridgid Burge (left), a graduate assistant from Lexington, Michigan, is the resident expert on all things prop shop. In her own words: “We are the executors of all the prop needs for all the shows.” Katie Capp (right), a sophomore double major in acting and theatre education, is from Deerfield. Devon Rodlund, a sophomore majoring in design production, with an emphasis on sound. Normal is his hometown.

Bridgid Burge (left), a graduate assistant from Lexington, Michigan, is the resident expert on all things prop shop. In her own words: “We are the executors of all the prop needs for all the shows.” Katie Capp (right), a sophomore double major in acting and theatre education, is from Deerfield. Devon Rodlund, a sophomore majoring in design production with an emphasis on sound, is from Normal.

Inside look: Prop shop

In a place like the prop shop, located on the lower level of Centennial East, things aren’t always as they appear.

Bridgid Burge, a third-year graduate student pursuing her MFA in scenic design, is charged with making sense of this eclectic and vast collection.

It’s a deceptively big place, lined with shelves of fascinating trinkets and treasures that twist and turn like a labyrinth deeper into the building. Crossing the threshold into the dark, windowless space brings a sense of suspended reality. But no matter the genre—musical, drama, comedy, dance, etc.—the wonderful storytelling that comes out of the productions put on by Illinois State’s College of Fine Arts would surely suffer without this place.

In other words, the show would not go on without the prop shop.

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