I'm directing a high school production of **** Yankees on a small gymatorium stage with a limited budget. The kids put a lot of hard work into these shows and I want to provide them with some awesome special effects to complement their performances, but I recognize we have limitations. One major thing to keep in mind is we cannot use pyrotechnics.
Here are a few of the things I'm looking for:
1) Some sort of visual effect when the Devil turns Old Joe into Young Joe. The parts are played by two different actors and they are off stage, so the effect can come from the wings.
2) The Devil creates fire in his hand and lights a cigarette. We can't use pyro or cigarettes. Do we have any other options?
3) When the clock strikes midnight and Joe is thrown into Limbo, I would love there to be some sort of lighting/fog effect. Lightning and thunder, perhaps? If so, I don't know what sort of machine I'm looking for and what would work best on a budget.
4) We also spend time in the Devil's bedroom in Hell. Any visual effects that could help with this?
I'm looking for suggestions that are cheap and easy. Most of the technical work is done by the students, which is a fantastic experience for them, but it also means we have to keep things simple.
Thank you in advance for any ideas you share. I really appreciate it!