Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Hansel & Gretel Rehearsals

Rehearsals continue and the lighting is starting to soften the flat sets, and give them the illusion of depth and dimension. Still a few nitpicking to do, but all in all everything is coming together nicely.

Monday, January 30, 2006

Hansel & Gretel Sets Loaded into Theatre

The Hansel & Gretel sets are loaded into the Hult Center today. The biggest challenge is to avoid throwing yourself into the orchestra pit upon seeing your designs hung for the first time. Bathed in only florescent work lights you have to suspend your disbelief and have faith that the talent of the show’s lighting designer will pull together the look and feel you had hoped for months before, while at the drawing table.

Saturday, January 28, 2006

Hansel & Gretel Set Continued...

This is a picture of Hansel & Gretel’s house at the beginning of the opera. It is, in contrast and color, the complete opposite of the Witch’s Cottage to come in Act Two.

It’s the eleventh hour and the midnight oil is being liberally burned to get the set ready to be loaded up in the trucks tomorrow morning. Seeing the set on its back in a warehouse will never give you a complete picture of what it will look like once hung, so final touches will be added early next week.

A flat of a flying witch will fly between the trees in Act One.

Sunday, January 08, 2006

Hansel & Gretel Set Production

I have been asked to design the sets for the Eugene Opera’s production of Hansel & Gretel (www.eugeneopera.com ). The sets are just now being painted, so I thought I would add some update photos that illustrate the project’s progress.

This is the “Witch’s Cottage” which is meant to resemble a giant cup cake covered in candies that would be easily recognized by a young audience.

This is the completed ginger bread fence that flanks the Witch’s Cottage, which is made of the unfortunate children that have been bewitched by the Witch’s magical oven.