Behind a Scenes with The 5th Avenue Theatre’s Production of Carousel
February 25, 2015 - Picnic Time
The 5th Avenue Theatre and Spectrum Dance Theater have come together to co-produce Rodgers and Hammerstein’s undying musical, Carousel. Focusing on a bittersweet adore story of fair workman Billy Bigelow and indent workman Julie Jordan, Carousel is set in coastal 19th-century New England. After Billy meets his comfortless and black death, he is given one some-more day to lapse to his mother and a daughter he left behind to make things right.
Seattle Refined spoke with scenic engineer Martin Christoffel for an inside demeanour during what creates this prolongation of a classical tale, opposite from a original.
Director Bill Berry and Christoffel worked together to emanate a rather gangling and complicated set pattern that reflected things by a categorical character’s eyes. The theater’s behind section wall is unprotected via a prolongation giving a elements of a set a singular feel.
The show, Christoffel says, “begins in a cloudy blue space representing a undying limbo that Billy Bigelow finds himself in.” It is from this watchful area that Billy reviews his life during a initial act—where other characters pass a time in sheer chairs and light bulbs hook from a roof to paint a stars.
The initial act is a usually place in a story where a famed carousel creates it appearance. Here colourful tone was incorporated to uncover a strength of this memory for Billy. Set on a round core revolve in a core of a stage, a carousel “had to be both enchanting and also means to be dissembled in viewpoint fast and easily”, says Christoffel. The horses are embellished a resounding fragile blue of Billy’s purgatory, though a canopy when it’s forsaken becomes a energetic red support as a carousel starts to turn. This public of a carousel in a uncover is one of Christoffel’s favorite tools of a show.
With a opening of act two, Berry and Christoffel wanted a space to feel different—like a assembly and characters had both trafficked somewhere else. Instead of a embellished backdrops of progressing productions that clearly fact a character’s surroundings, here a set pieces are some-more suggestive, crafty and sculptural—during a barbecue memory, a expel is collected on cruise blankets on a revolve and hulk canvases with a sky projected on to them dump down from above and furnish loosely there—it’s roughly as if we can feel a zephyr on a island from your chair in a entertainment as we watch these canvases pierce kindly onstage.
As Billy leaves a barbecue to conduct behind to a mainland where he will make a fatal preference heading to a hurt of his life, a embellished core panels dump to a floor, expressing both a romantic and melodramatic impulse of this terrible decision. At a same time, a net representing a docks where a characters find themselves, rises adult from a ground—Billy is trapped and his universe is descending apart.
Martin Christoffel’s set pattern offers a singular viewpoint and complicated turn on a story, giving audiences a possibility to transport with Billy from limbo behind by his life.
Carousel is display during 5th Avenue Theatre by Mar 1st. Tickets can be purchased online or by job a box bureau during 206-625-1900.