Forever Plaid

Totem Pole Playhouse

Creating a color pallette that conjured the 1950’s without being too heavy handed was a lot of fun...special thanks to my design assistant and ME Connor Dreibelbis.  Even more fun, however, was creating custom plaid gobos to project over the entire set at the finale (a little scrim and glitter helped us take the audience by surprise with this effect).  

 

Forever Plaid
Forever Plaid

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Forever Plaid

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Forever Plaid
Forever Plaid

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Grease!

Totem Pole Playhouse

 

Jim Fouchard’s design for TPP’s production of Grease was reminiscent of a giant juke box.  A large false proscenium as well as two internal portals were equipped with discreet linear lighting units.  In keeping with Jim’s concept, one of the central elements of BOOM!’s lighting plot was a grid of LED par cans over the entire stage.  During musical numbers, both the linear lighting as well as the LED color grid were set into a series of chases and other effects that made the giant juke box come to life.  Ambient lighting for dialogue utilized subtle rose and cyan hues inspired by the late 1950’s.  

Grease
Grease

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Grease

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Grease

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Grease

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Shenandoah 

Totem Pole Playhouse

 

Totem Pole Playhouse’s recent production of Shenandoah, starring Ben Davis, was staged to evoke a lush and dramatic atmosphere.  Director Rowan Joseph described his concept as “a dramatic production with music added” rather than a musical per se.  With this in mind, BOOM!’s lighting plot was included deep hues that represented different times of day and seasons with a potency that was intentionally one step beyond realistic.  The set design’s primary feature—a large upstage backdrop—was used as a canvas on which we painted various sky-scapes using a series of gobos and color washes.

Shenandoah
Shenandoah

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Shenandoah
Shenandoah

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Shenandoah
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Shenandoah

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The Medium

Messiah College Opera 

 

This award-winning production of Menotti’s signature opera featured heavy and grotesque break-ups strewn across webs of black scrim.  The selection of lavender and green color filters was guided by the desire to add a sense of fantasy to the production without jeopardizing its quintessential angst.

 

Directed by Damian Savarino

 

Best Collegiate Production (Div.1), National Opera Association

The Medium
The Medium

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The Medium

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The Medium
The Medium

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