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Jack The Ripper

 

Produced: October, 1997
Bridgewater State College
Director: Suzanne Ramczyk
Scenery: Arthur Dirks
Facility: Campus Center Auditorium

Notes:

I love this design. I think I kind of "got it" when I did this one, and I appreciate the director rolling with me on it. The show is a modern musical about Jack, and it uses an English music hall feel. I can't remember if the script was explicit about a music hall setting, but it became the mode of this production. I think it worked pretty well.

I felt really daring and a bit apprehensive about the big knife that hung there and did nothing. It emboldened me to take the proscenium and other pieces to an edge and pierce the pit line with the platform. The proscenium was flat and flew, all perspective is painted. The Big Ben icon, the overhead truss, the skyline, all contribute to the context and various pieces flew in and out as needed. The balcony of music hall attendees is from a late Victorian era etching or illustration. It lived in our stairwell at home for several years.

I had just seen a production of a revival of German musical hall reviews at the Huntington Theater, where they lit with bold reds and yellows, as in the early use of colored lighting. I employed the idea in lighting the music hall performance scenes and brought footlights up over the front edge.



Jack The Ripper

Jack The Ripper

Jack The Ripper

Jack The Ripper

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