SCENERY PAINTING FOR THE AMATEUR MUSICAL THEATRE and PANTOMIME
|DICK WHITTINGTON - (Lisnagarvey) page three
|Designed and painted by Brian Willis.
Scenery built by Robert Montgomery, Stan Moss, Derek Allen and Jim Moffatt.
Performed by Lisnagarvey Operatic Society (1972)
|OLD CHEP VILLAGE
|I drew the layouts of the wings separately as follows.
I guess that strange pile of rolls through the arch (audience left) is a backing flat. Weird. No idea what it is supposed to represent. Perhaps a set of steps but don't look very convincing.
Note trompe l'oeil shadow of lamp on wall. Painted-on shadows are wonderful for giving the impression of depth. Shadows also can be painted to apparently follow the contours and texture of the surface on which they supposedly fall.
Note too the upstage thickness of the door frame is painted on to help the depth illusion.
|Here again the upstage edge of both the door and the arch have been painted to give depth. The steps follow the perspective eyeline which for this scene I made about a foot off the stage floor.
|There's a faint "person" to scale on the left to give the Producer (and me!) an idea of what this scenery will look like once actors stand beside it. These flats only look about 8 feet tall - must have been a very low stage.
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