collaboration presentation 'much ado about nothing' group 54 thea 1331 jon egging
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- 1. Much Ado About Nothing Group 54 Director: Ronnie Featherson Set Design: Amber Cao Lighting Designer: Andrew Caysido Costume Designer: Mi Hong
- 2. A Directors Duties: Coordinates aspects of the production Scene Costume Lighting Sound Design Chooses a script Develops the spine of the play Designates the Style of the play Casts the play Holds rehearsals And holds the final decision on what the audience will see.
- 3. The Director Must Choose A Script! The theatrical play being discussed will be William Shakespeares, Much Ado About Nothing.
- 4. Creating a SPINE for the Play The main action will encompass characters being masked and truths turning into deception, while when the smoke clears; LOVE trumps all the manipulations.
- 5. Choosing a Style for our Play We will be implementing a Realism style to the play. The play should present a realistic atmosphere to help the audience engage in a natural scenery. The acting must represent the 16th century lifestyle in Messina. Though the genre of this play is a comedy the actors should present a natural environment that includes their comedic acting.
- 6. Setting the Scene The scene/setting should have Classical and Renaissance inspired influences.
- 7. The Setting and Location The production will be set in 1600s It will be known that the location is a small town in Messina, Italy. The scenery and props should be functional and portray the feel of the time period.
- 8. Focusing on a Central Image Its is important to have a running metaphor or image throughout the production. For our production, we will have the running image of MASKS. The masks will keep out of view the unappealing traits of characters from the rest of the casts.
- 9. Costume Costume should represent the time period of the 1600s Colors should be warm neutral tones native to Italy.
- 10. Lighting Lighting is a key component in this production It should be used to focus the audience, and at times mask and scatter the vision of the audience.
- 11. Casting Male Leads Leonato- Ian McKellen Don Pedro Jake Gyllenhaal Claudio Joesph Gordon- Levitt Benedick- Johnny Depp Don John James Franco Borachio Leonardo Dicaprio Conradee Michael Ealy Dogberry - Mel Gibson Verges- Jonah Hill Female Leads Beatrice Nicole Kidman Hero- Anne Hathaway Antonia Diane Keaton Margaret Liv Tyler Ursula Natalie Portman
- 12. Keeping the Directional Concept Keep to the original theme and direction Shakespeare intended. Use the power of words to create images. The inability of characters to detect the truth from falseness. The use of MASKS throughout the production. The realization of inadequacies of true love.
- 13. Set Designer
- 14. Stage -Proscenium Stage -Creates a separation between the stage and the audience. -Fourth wall is created as though the audience is visualizing the scene from a transparent glass wall and are able to view the three walls of the room. -Audience facing the stage. -The stage area allows for a more deep and elaborate scenery. -By having scene changes concealed behind a proscenium opening, it offers a perfect arrangement for spectacle. -Provides a more realistic scenery . -Stage must be large and spacious for this play.
- 15. Mood and Style *-The setting of play can establish the mood, style, and meaning of a play. *-The use of lights can help distinguish the mood using colors, tint, etc. The genre of Much Ado About Nothing is a romantic comedy. To establish the mood and style of this play I would include an exaggeration of lights color and make the scene fun and comedic. To correlate with the realism style of this play I would design the stage so that the props and lightening can produce a mood in accordance to the characters. -The architecture of the set must be arranged to fit Italy in the 1600s. Ex: Arches and columns.
- 16. Realistic and Nonrealistic Scenery *The stage designers role is of special importance in distinguishing between realism and non-realism. To create a realistic scenery I would showcase the war as a symbol in this production. The drama includes many real life situation. A main theme would be the love between the character. The play begins with the soldiers returning from a battle but the war continues on with arguments between the characters. Ex: Beatrice and Benedick (Merry War) The set design will provide an audience with a true idea of which the stage will appear to look like Leonatos home; room and halls. The realistic scenery will resemble a room of any household in the 1600s.
- 17. Locale and Period *-Whether realistic or nonrealistic, a stage set should tell the audience where and when the play takes place. The production of this play is set in the, 1600s in the small town of Messina, Italy in the time period of the Renaissance. The scenery and props will have a background of arches around the house and stairs with an Italian feel to showcase ancient Rome. The architecture of the stage will be able to represent the wealthy people who reside in the the home. The props used would also help determine the period in which the play is being taken place.
- 18. The Design Concept *-The design concept is a unifying idea carried out visually. The design concept of this play will be a setting in which would showcase a place of an idyllic setting, a place away from the actions of war. The whole concept of design is to take away from the downs of the war and rejoice in a new area with a holiday-like mood that includes a comedic entertainment of wit. The setting of this play should showcase a stage with a very festive, romantic, loving banter atmosphere. The design concept of Much Ado About Nothing should present a setting of architecture (columns, broad windows) to represent the social status of the characters in the time period of the 1600s in Messina.
- 19. The Central Image or Metaphor *-Stage design not only must be consistent with the play but also should have it own integrity. The setting of stage will be of Leonatos house. His house is the central image/metaphor throughout the play. Leonatos house is a place for soldiers to return and visit. Leonatos house is used as a central image of the place of Messina, a battlefield, and creates an illusion of festive and lively environment a mind away from the war. Leonatos home has a setting where the characters can find romance.
- 20. Coordination of the Whole *-The designer has an obligation to provide scenery consistent with the intent of the play and the directors concept. The stage of the play should be emphasized and produced well because it shows the concept of the setting of Messina. I would incorporate the time period of the play and keep the theme that Shakespeare had intended. I would also provide a setting in which one can understand the characters. The setting well help provide an emphasis to the masks throughout the production and the different sides of the characters.
- 21. Solving Practical Design Problems *-Each script presents unique practical problems which must be solved by a designer; often these practical problems will help determine the concept and other design decisions for a play. As a designer I must find a way to achieve either of these effects, of setting/stage changes. For example, the setting change to incorporate both the house and the garden. To create that setting I must establish a style and determine how the stage must be used in the production. In creating a stage set, the designer must be aware of several elements. Garden on left, house on right.
- 22. Light Designer Spotlighting the show.
- 23. Aspects of Light Designing: Duties include: Creating, installation, and setting controls for stage lighting. Properties of Stage Lighting: 1. Intensity 2. Color 3. Distribution 4. Movement
- 24. Light Intensity Much Ado About nothing includes a climatic scene in which the intensity of light or brightne