Cartonella was an original Musical
Fable written, produced, designed, scored, and directed by Bil Baird.
its purest sense it was a tale Bil liked to tell best: A damsel in
distress, saved by an unlikely hero from the clutches of an evil villain,
but beyond the basic folklore of the plot was an element of timeless entertainment from a classic entertainer. Though not as elaborate
as his productions of Alice in Wonderland or
the funding for this show was provided by the milk carton packaging
In essence what
began as a modest little stage play with a public service announcement started to
take on a life of its own. What this meant for me and the other members of Bil's staff was work, work, and more work. Aside from creating
Cartonella's wig and body shape I was sewing drapes for traveling stages,
making costumes, painting heads, and scenery, and baking latex molds.
There was always something to do.
The secondary characters themselves
were sometimes borrowed from stock like the head of the giant
Sleepyfingers, which was originally used in a Social Security
advertisement. We remounted his head onto a helmet base, making him soar
eight feet, added expanding shoulders of polyurethane and created two
giant-like hands with dangling fingers for him to stalk his prey with.