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The Wizard of Oz at Syracuse Stage

Syracuse Stage

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The Wizard of Oz at Syracuse Stage

Syracuse Stage

Wizard of Oz @ Syracuse Stage (November 29th, 2017 – January 7th, 2018), directed by Donna Drake, was the story you knew well but told in a new way with tumbling and flying elements featuring acrobats turned actors from New York’s 2 Ring Circus. HGLD was engaged due to our expertise with Acrobats and Aerialists as well as our frequent use of saturated color and complex cueing.

While the pre-Oz scenes were kept bereft of color, as in the famous 1939 movie, the production’s set was otherwise awash in color, often blue and gold. We used cool white tones in the Kansas scenes and then, as the story moves on, the looks get more colorful, culminating when the characters reach the Emerald City.

For conceptual inspiration we referred to Wizard of Oz color illustrations by fantasy and science fiction artists, the Brothers Hildebrandt, lighting design and color. The Hildebrandts use light so beautifully. Projection designer Kate Freer used some of the illustrations as inspiration as well.

 

DIRECTION
Donna Drake…………………………………………….. Director
Joshua Dean……………………………………. Choreographer
Ben Franklin……………………………….. Assistant Director

DESIGNERS
Linda Buchanan…………………………….. Scenic Designer
Kate Freer………………………………… Projection Designer
Jess Ford……………………………………. Costume Designer
Herrick Goldman………………………… Lighting Designer
Jon Herter……………………………………… Sound Designer
Lisa Renkel………………….. Associate Lighting Designer

Photo Credits: Michael Davis (Photos 1-7) and Lisa Renkel (Photos 8-19).