Outside Dracula's Castle scene

Cardinal Stritch University Theatre 2001
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gobo projection on the main curtain Renfield's opening monologue Lucy's Bedroom scene Lucy's Bedroom scene Lucy's Bedroom scene Harker's monologues Lucy's Sittingroom
Renfield's Cell Renfield's Cell with Golden Bone Chair Shipwreck scene Lucy's Entryway scene Sanitarium scene Dracula's Castle scene Dracula's Castle scene
Dracula's Castle scene Dracula's Castle scene Asylum Guest Room scene Asylum Guest Room scene Asylum Guest Room scene Lucy's Tomb scene Dracula takes Mina
prayer scene Outside Dracula's Castle scene golden bone chair detail Lucy's Bedroom final rendering bone chair final drawing Lucy and Dracula's headboards final drawing Dracula's arches final drawing
Dracula's coffin/shipping crate final drawing Lucy's Bedroom concept drawing Renfield's Cell concept drawing Dracula's Castle concept drawing Dracula font design    

This was a production consisting of about 12 different locations and some 34 scene changes that had to flow smoothly and organically - the show itself had to be alive and move, without pause, from one scene to another. This called for massive backstage movement with multiple tracked platforms on the floor, several flown units, and utilization of the strap system beneath the stage - all of which had to move, and contribute, to the rhythm of the show. Technically this was a huge puzzle for which we had to lay a second tracked floor, over our regular non-tracked stage floor; have an army of technicians doing scene changes backstage on platforms, and then simultaneously moving those out on stage while pulling in the finished scene; and choreographed movements backstage just about as much as on stage. Design-wise is was a massive conceptual look at each location individually and a littering of nuances and subtle touches pulled from the novel, the historical figure of Vlad Dracula, vampire myth and folklore in general, and simply my own elements of symbolism and theatricality. Overall, it was a sight to behold.