Help me make Green Bean Casserole, for "accidentally" dropping on the floor in a play.
For our production of August: Osage County, there's a supper scene where an awful green bean casserole accidentally gets dropped on the floor, and cleaned up. The director is extremely concerned with the food looking realistic and there being a good audible splat. We've got a lot of shows so I'm hoping I can make some decent fake stuff that can be reused.
I don't know what makes a "bad" green bean casserole (texture-wise) so I don't know what I can get away with for the texture. It's not a specific dish I'm familiar with, I'm more used to broccoli/cauliflower casserole which is fairly firm, holds together. I get the impression green bean casserole is ideally more like a thick mushroom sauce on the green beans, with onions. This picture
looks like an example of a good casserole clump, maybe i could strive for that.
For fake green beans, I've found some smooth green extension cords at the dollar store to cut up, should look pretty good. I was hoping to incorporate some sponge into the mix to allow the casserole to hold some water for the "splat". What do you suggest for holding it all together though? Gelatin? Some kind of rubber cement? Latex? Can I get away with making it more like a gelatinous mass that holds its shape, or should it be chunky clusters?
If anyone can tell me about their experiences in dropping green bean casserole and what kind of mess it made, also very helpful. I don't really want to have to try it out myself :P
Thanks in advance!