The play we are doing is a modern (ish) version of Cyrano de Bergerac. The text has been shortened and simplified so it is more accessible for middle/high school aged children.
Our amazing director James Edmondson wanted this production to go back and forth reminding you this is a theatrical performance, but then getting lost in the story and swept away with the "magic of theater". To accomplish this I looked into old theater techniques and classic "backstage" appearances.
I also thought a lot about the balance of time periods. The time the play was written, the time it was set, and the current time. I pulled elements from all three.
Another key design element came from being carried away by one's imagination. I thought about how to create a canvas for the imagination to portray this story.
In the end I fell in love with the idea of using various sized stage flats to create the set. Usually we build a set out of stage flats, but try to make them appear to be something else.
I was very inspired by french design, using lots of blue tones and damask wallpaper patterns.
How did it all turn out? You'll have to wait to find out...