|Mushnik's Skid Row Florist, Little Shop of Horrors, 2012|
However, being the visual guy that I am, I took pretty naturally to theatrical design. I'm okay at costumes, but sets are really where my bread is buttered. I think I was so drawn to it because I like the idea of creating a world. To conjure up a place that the audience will let their minds live in for a little while as we tell them a story is a special kind of creativity in action.
|Skid Row, Little Shop of Horrors, 2012|
Here are two sketches. One for the interior of Mushnik's. The other, for Skid Row in general. I wanted to go past the grit and grime that was required to communicate the play's pre-determined setting and find more. I like the idea that something beautiful can be found in unlikely places, and since this was a theme of the show, my plan was to let some of that come through the design.
Later on, I'll post some completed production photos with the finished product. I had to eliminate a few elements as it all progressed, to reduce clutter and open the composition a little, but in a lot of ways, this design is still my most complete to date. I didn't run out of time and have to compromise my vision. My Theatre Arts class and I got it all done, and to be honest, it ended up working out better as the finished product than it did as the original design. That's a nice change of pace for the producing/directing/designing/ building one-man theater department - let's hope it's the start of a trend.