Monday, February 18, 2013

Lately in Theater: Part 2

So let me tell you a bit more about this thesis project of mine. Yesterday I talked about in general the jobs I do in the theater. Today I'll focus on designing the set.

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...

La Mer.

1 comment:

Tabetha Garman said...

I am so looking forward to seeing the finished product!!