Two shows that I worked on or designed close this Saturday. Boeing Boeing is playing at Circle Theatre in Fort Worth. To Kill a Mockingbird is playing at the Granville Arts Center presented by Garland Civic Theatre.
For Boeing Boeing I helped Clare DeVries paint some really fun murals on the sides of the stage, kind of 101 Dalmations style. That style that we were trying to replicate is known as xerography. Xerography was used in animation and eased graphic reproduction requirements, but at the price of being unable to deviate from a scratchy outline style because of the new (and time and money saving) technology's limitations. Since the line would not have fit the "round" Disney drawing style used until then (with the exception of Sleeping Beauty), a more graphic, angular style was chosen for this and subsequent films. Rotoscoping, a technique formerly used for tracing live action human characters into animated drawings, became less important. Thanks Wikipedia for the above explanation!
I designed the set for To Kill a Mockingbird and it is a play about five houses and courtroom that fits on a stage that is rather weird and small. The climax of the play was to change the neighborhood into the courtroom in 30 seconds or less but ultimaley fails as the audience sits in the dark for 1 mintue and 30 seconds. It won the pulitzer prize beleive it or not!
Enjoy reading my encounters in and around theatre set design.