The Butler Did It
Mesquite Community Theatre, Mesquite, Texas
I was very much inspired by Disney's Haunted Mansion from Disneyland for this show. This set had to evoke mystry, suspense and murder. Before the show even starts the audience has to look at the set during pre-show and feel these things or the design and choice of color does not work.
Joseph Cummings' set design was excellent. It felt like I could have been looking into a finely apportioned manor sitting room. He paid attention to detail, from the pictures hanging on the walls... to the lion statuettes marking the corners of the room, to the little figurines placed in various locations throughout. Plus, his use of reds and golds added elegance to the setting. Add a fine staircase and the hidden passageway and this was a visually engaging set.
Matt Gunther -John Garcia's The Column-