Jekyll and Hyde Special Effects

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Hello we are putting on a high school production of Jekyll and Hyde, and were trying to figure out how to do the special effects such as lighting the bishop on fire, low lying fog, chemicals in the lab, and any other stage magic we need to pull off thanks ! If you need videos of Broadway I can supply
 

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Do you have a budget for these effects?
 

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Love that show. We went the other way with the bishops death and just drowned him. Its a lot easier than lighting someone on fire. We had a wash basin that hyde just held the guy's head in. We put some water in the bottom that the bishop would suck up and spit out while gagging and dying in the course of the moment. It sold the effect pretty well.

For the lab, it depends on how much stuff you want to do. Dry ice in a beaker with some hot water is the go-to for a mad scientist look. But be careful because it can get Halloween-y.
Here's an idea for his potion https://woodgears.ca/physics/indicator.html. Basic chemistry for a cool effect. Of course you don't want to drink drano so maybe look around for a recipe safe for consumption.

Low lying fog has been discussed on this forum about 1200 times, look around for related threads.
 

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We had a reasonable budget when we did it in high school so went with pyro for the bishop, obviously done by a professional. Hyde pulled out a hipflask (containing water), pours it over the bishop, lights a match and as he drops it the lights go to blackout and a flame pot which is positioned just in front of the bishop fires.

As for the lab, we had a few bunsen burners with a gas tank in the set piece. Again, professional input required for an open flame onstage.

We had various coloured liquids in flasks etc. It was enough to create a good effect. The chemistry department had a lot of fun helping out and digging out all sorts of old interestingly shaped vessels to provide as props.

Have posted a few images here to give some ideas: http://imgur.com/a/pPaXs
 
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Thanks for the various ideas guys, and I will keep looking into stuff the hardest thing for us is going to be open flames on stage, and the fog hopefully we will be able to get some help from the science department for the rest. Any ideas on how to disperse, and cool enough fog to cover the stage for the likes of a few scenes like facade,murder murder, the red rat, e.t.c Thanks!
 

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You can create a good fire effect with haze and proper lighting.

 
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