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Sep. 7th, 2009 @ 06:07 pm Stage Champagne?
Hi all,

I am stage managing a college production of Manuscript by Paul Grellong. This show requires a champagne bottle to be opened onstage. We need the audible pop of the cork. We obviously can't have them drinking real champagne during the show. I am having some trouble tracking down a non-alcoholic alternative with the appropriate cork. Does anyone have suggestions? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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Date:September 7th, 2009 10:50 pm (UTC)
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My local grocery store has champagne-style bottles of sparking juices, got the right kind of cork and everything. It would be perfect for what you need. :(
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Date:September 8th, 2009 10:19 am (UTC)
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I went this route when I did 'La traviata' last summer. Just soak the labels off and replace them. Alternatively there's stage champagne out there if you google but they tend to get very expensive.
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Date:September 8th, 2009 02:30 am (UTC)
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We did a production of Proof two years ago, and it called for a popping cork as well. We went the complex route, but we bought a bottle of champagne, the contents went elsewhere (straight to the techies' livers! :D), and we just poured sparkling cider in there instead. The cork will still pop if you keep it, you just have to shake it and re-screw the wire trap every night. We bought several bottles of sparkling cider and a bottle or two of cheap champagne for extra supplies.

Good luck!
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Date:September 8th, 2009 06:09 am (UTC)
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I used a champagne bottle filled with ginger ale and just whittled down the cork to fit back in the top of the bottle.