Bringing Life to Theatre: A Scenic Designer's Role in Creating "The Wild Party"

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Carlin, Matthew
drag; queer; vaudeville-style musical; Acting; Dance; Performance Studies; Playwriting; Theatre and Performance Studies
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The purpose of this paper is to examine the research that goes into designing the scenic elements of a musical. I was the scenic designer for Pace School of Performing Arts’ production of Michael John LaChiusa and George C. Wolfe’s The Wild Party in the fall of 2017. Directed by Roger Ellis, our version of the vaudeville-style musical was done in an immersive, in-the-round style. As the scenic designer for this production I was strongly focused on the research aspect of the design process. We consulted several art movements and architectural styles, as well as mythology, film and literature in the research process, all of which were incorporated into the final design of The Wild Party.