Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by Hugh Wheeler
Directed by Nick Hrutkay
Music Directed by Michael Busija
Costume, Hair & Makeup Design by Cheryl Randal
Scenic & Lighting Design by Nate Fessler
Stage Managed by Kim Siegle
THEATRE PRODUCTION PHOTO CONTEST SUBMISSION
This is the closest I've got to a full stage photo from our photo call, the director I was working with prefers close up tight shots of each set up, so I don't have too many full stage shots.
A. What is the title of the play? Sweeney Todd
B. What was your role in the production? (Milliner, First-Hand, Scenic Artist, Stitcher, Make-up artist, Costume Designer, Master Electrician, Lighting Designer, etc…) Assistant Stage Manager/ Stitcher/ Wardrobe Head/ Production Photographer (It's a small repertory theatre, I had to do a little of everything)
C. How long did you have to design, plan and do drawings of it before fabrication of the work commenced? We rehearsed for 6 weeks, but we only had a week in the space, and only 3 days to complete the lighting design.
D. How long did you have to build it before opening night? 1 day to set up, 3 days to build the light cues.
E. What was special about this production for you as a creative artist? This production of Sweeney Todd was different from any I've ever seen. We not only took away the entire element of time period, we cut the cast down to the 9 leads who sang all the ensemble parts, and we performed on a turntable set that was built to look like the sewers of London.
F. What odd, terrible, awful, or nasty challenges did you have to overcome to make this production as good as it was? We were working in a theatre space that's built for movies rather than live theatre so we were working on limited circuts with limited lighting rigs which is how we ended up with the red "eyes" you see in this picture.