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Mary Poppins


Top of show. A white scrim is in downstage creating a haze effect. A sky is visible over rooftops. In this rendering are a variety of elements including shaped two-dimensional rooftops with illuminated windows; a shaped rear-projection screen; more projections across the back of the space, a movable front-door unit; a movable, battery-powered lamppost; and, dimly see, the parlor setting,
 


Above is the parlor setting. Wallpaper, clock, and pictures are rear-projected. The screen flies slightly in and out to allow the jackknife wagon to carry the stairs and fireplace under it. The rooftops visible in the distance are projected on the cyclorama at the back of the space.
The nursery, above, has blue walls and windows, which are rear-projected. The fireplace has inner structures and a false back, so that the children can pull themselves up it and appear to be sucked up the chimney when needed. Mary places her bag on the wagon DSC, where there is a disguised panel that allows her to pull anything up from her bag. Crew in the trap room below the stage push items up into her bag through the floor.

The park is established with a wrought iron fence standing on top of a lower brick wall (both projected). The wall provides a place for Bert’s chalk art to be seen; the audience in this theatre cannot see the stage floor very clearly, so even though he drew on the deck, we needed a secondary place to show what he is doing in these scenes. The rooftops are accomplished with two more jackknife wagons that pivot in from DR and DL.


This is an animation showing how the scenery moves. Projections are omitted from this. The screens are simply glowed blue and pink so that are differentiated. read more

 
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Merrily We Roll Along

 
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Cowboys!

 
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Carrie the Musical

The scenic for Carrie the Musical at Plymouth State University employs a variety of technologies to move the narrative from place to place. There is a basic unit set that is the ruined gymnasium. This setting is modified to become other settings by means of scenic units that move in and out, and walls that pivot and jack-knife. There are also sequences in the show that will rely on projection mapping and heavy usage of lighting.

 
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A Man of No Importance

 
    

 
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Shrek the Musical

As always, the Educational Theatre Collaborative put a huge number of people on stage.   Every January for over twenty years, this company has put up a spectacle with high production values and community-based cast that often exceeds one hundred people.

With so many people on stage, the set went almost all the way to the back wall.    This projection installation upstage had to accomodate a very short throw-distance onto a rear-projection cyc, creating a very large image.   There was no unlit buffer zone in front of the cyc.  The actors frequently went right up to it.  Media had to be high-contrast, and bright.   There was also a cutout book-shape that flew in downstage, that had to be animated with projections, to follow along with the narrative early in the show.
In addition, with so many in the cast, tech had to be efficient and fluid. read more

 
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The Wedding Singer – PSU

This design for The Wedding Singer draws heavily from my earlier design at Jean’s Playhouse.    The basic functionality and look of the set is the same.

The projection installation is more sophisticated this time around, allowing a bigger background, with different proportions.    There was much more animation involved this time, especially in scenes relating to the Delorean, and the Las Vegas Strip.

Storyboard in PDF Format:  Front-View Renderings and Scene-by-Scene Groundplans  (32 pages)

Drafting in HTML Format (Clickable):


Below:  Front of House View (animation), with notations
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Man of La Mancha

Digital set rendering for Man of La Mancha. Stone arches, flicker-flame torches, a fire burns under a staircase.




 
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Pippin

 
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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

 
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