Friday, June 18, 2010

Peter Pan and Wendy set to soar

This October, First Stage Children's Theater will open its 24th season with PETER PAN AND WENDY, and recently, the design and production teams met for a final production meeting.   

Convening in the production office at First Stage, director Jeff Frank, production manager Jared Clarkin, set designer Sarah Hunt-Frank, technical director John Hemingway, props director Mark Hare, and lighting designer Laura Mroczkowski hammered out the nitty-gritty details of this adventure tale.

Sarah Hunt-Frank's set design will incorporate layered skylines of both London and Neverland. The sky contains sweeping galaxies of stars, a giant moon and a huge pirate sail to create the illusion of these two distinct settings.
Part of the set includes a dramatic overhang adorned with a swirly railing that captures both the elegance of London and the organic feel of Neverland.  The design team brainstormed ideas to create a railing that respects Hunt-Frank's artistic vision while also safely supporting the actors who will step onto it. 

Action on stage will continually move from the Darling's nursery to Peter's underground lair to Captain Hook's pirate ship. The sound, lighting, and smoke effects will be key to ensure these set transitions happen seamlessly.  Again, the team worked to maximize effects in a space that poses certain limitations by virtue of its smaller size and its layout. 

Tickets for PETER PAN AND WENDY are available now for season subscribers.  Single tickets to the general public will go on sale August 23, 2010.

First Stage photo of Sarah Hunt-Frank's set design

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