Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Our heroine Lillian Alling covers a lot of ground in our upcoming opera of the same name, from Ellis Island to North Dakota to Vancouver to the Telegraph Trail. So how are we going to reveal this journey on stage? That’s where our ingenious set designer Sue LePage comes in!
Sue first joined the creative team in May 2009 and attended our fourth creation workshop to get a feel for the libretto and music. Following much research, design meetings with the creative team, and attending further workshops in Banff that summer and Vancouver in December, she presented this preliminary set model.
Each of the stair units move, allowing for the creation of new looks to transport us, the audience, to a multitude of locations. A key component of the design includes multiple video screens that will dramatically deliver us from the streets of New York City in the 1920s to the vast prairies and beyond.
Once the preliminary set design and build budget were approved by VO’s production team, Sue met again with stage director Kelly Robinson, videographer Tim Matheson and Director of Production Terry Harper in March 2010 to run through the opera scene by scene and start fine tuning each look.
In July, the build began in Banff! Which elements of the set do you think they are building first? Your guess is as good as mine…
~ Jennifer Lord, Special Projects Manager