Lehi High School has visited the jungle, the Titanic, New York, Egypt, Shrek’s Swamp, the sea, and many more magical destinations all through the artwork of one of Lehi’s very own. Randy Blackburn has been designing sets for Lehi High School drama productions for 8 years, creating beautiful works of art that leave the audience feeling as if they have just taken an exotic journey.
Randy, an artist and native of Lehi, has been designing sets for Lehi High School for several years. He has painted sets for crowd favorite shows including Titanic, Curtains, Urinetown, Shrek, Tarzan and many more. Lehi Drama teacher Mindy Nelson, tells us Randy puts in anywhere from 400-700 hours of work on each set making sure the details are perfect.
Randy’s most recent work of art is Lehi High School’s set for, “The Little Mermaid,” which will be performed November 17-22. The set is a realistic replica of the sea floor, complete with dolphins, fish, coral, and breathtaking blue waves. Ethan Bown, member of the LHS stage crew, says, “The Little Mermaid set is the best work I have ever seen from Randy. He really took the time to get every detail, and it makes me feel as if I am really down in the sea.” It is very rare that an artist with this level of skill assists with high school productions.
Randy artistic skills go far beyond set design. He helped design the gardens at Thanksgiving Point, and designs landscapes for many other well-known facilities. Randy also painted the murals in the Polynesian Cultural Center in Oahu, Hawaii.
Randy has many other varied talents aside from painting. He has a knack for creating floral arrangements, and raises and shows nationally ranked rabbits, known as “Hope’s Holland Lops,” with his daughter Hope.
Set designer, florist, and artist extraordinaire, Randy seems to have a talent for just about everything creative. People who know him however, know his best talent is making the world around him more beautiful with his works of art, and loving attitude for the people who know him.