So a little while ago I designed the set for Man of La Mancha with Fun House Theatre & Film. The company liked the set so much that the director wrote Dracula A Haunted Tale of Dating so we could recycle the set without having to spend a fortune on the next show.
The Man of La Mancha set had warm earth tone colors with amber gels. The Dracula set had to look very much different even though we were using the same bones. We removed the chains, prison bars, and false arch. Next, I painted and washed the set in a light grey water-paint mixture so it didn't looked like a new set piece. We used all the furniture on the set from the theatre stock. This set had light, medium and dark grey gels to give a new life to the set. The satin purple drapes matched the satan cape that Dracula wore and it also looked like his coffin lining. This set reminded me of room in The Haunted Mansion at Disneyland as you might have read in earlier posts.
I own a kooky selection of busts that worked out perfect for this show. They could have been his relatives from the past. The gold picture below had Dracula with his pal Renfield on the piano. I had a fun time changing this set over to a spooky children's show, as Halloween is my all time favorite.
Enjoy reading my encounters in and around theatre set design.
"The object of art is to give life a shape" -Shakespeare-