During the second week of “From Story to Stage,” students worked as playwrights, set designers, and costume designers.
Our class playwrights completed their scripts adapted from their favorite books. In addition to creating stage directions and dialog for characters, playwrights included light and sound effects (SFX) ideas. Students learned the difference between general lighting and spotlights. SFX were used in scripts to add realism to their settings.
In addition to completing final set designs, students created costume designs for main characters. Students began with thumbnail sketches, then did larger color sketches. Following a visit to our class fabric shop to choose fabric swatches, students completed final drawings.
Our Field Trip
The Old Log Theater hosted our class for a special behind-the-scenes tour. Maureen Kvam, the director of marketing and group sales, and Erik Paulson, the scenic/lighting designer, shared their knowledge with us.
Erik explained his steps in designing a set. They included research, sketches and a set model.
We were able to practice our stage directions, before touring other areas.