Utah State University 2012
Directed by: Ken Risch
Set by: Spencer Potter
Projection by: Kenny Driggs
Lighting by: Bruce Dureden
My approach to this large musical was creating a flexible efficient set with multiple elements that could rearrange to make the many locations of the musical. Space and resources for a lot of moving scenery was limited, but a few well placed and well designed elements proved highly effective in creating the fun and lively world of Elle.
For the aesthetic of the show I was inspired by the neoclassical influences in sorority culture, ivy league academia, and classic courtrooms. With this neoclassical look I combined what I felt expressed Elle and her world, bright, fun, fashionable, bubbly shapes. I was also inspired by the fashion runways and the type of minimalist style present in them. I thought it would work well to showcase the actors and provide the base for specific scenes. The minimalist style I chose incorporated semi translucent materials to create a feeling of lightness and provide a surface for lighting that could help change the mood of each scene.
Projections played a vital role in helping change scenes and punctuate moments. Kenny Driggs was the perfect guy for the job and worked with the director and I to explore and create the images.