HS_Odyssey_SetDesign

  • The Odyssey Set Design: Fall 2012
     
    As the set designer my Senior Year of high school, I designed and built a set for Mary Zimmerman's adaptation of Homer's epic, The Odyssey. The director and I were interested in playing with levels, so we set each platform to a different height raised from the floor. I designed seven raised platforms and two additions (Eumaeus' Hut and the Palace Gates) and we repurposed a fountain constructed by an RHS alum for the third addition (Circe's Fountain).
     
    We wanted a rustic feel to the set, similarly to the play. The entirety of the set was made out of wood, bamboo, and rope. Each platform (some repurposed and some newly built) was placed on stilts at differing heights made out of two 2x4s and braced around the sides. For aesthetics, we repurposed wood from used pallettes. All platforms are climbable, and characters move on and about the platforms as the play progresses.
     
    Because the pieces were so large, we chose to leave them as a base set and add or subtract pieces to differentiate between scenes. One of the most important aspects of the additions and subtractions was the fabric screen across the center of the set. The fabric was moved, removed, or added based on the aesthetics and location of the scene. We had a variety of fabrics which set the mood; additionally, we created a Zimmerman-esque lighting scene on a scrim that was also held across the middle for the Cyclopes scenes.
     
    Other additions included Eumaeus' Hut and the Palace Gates. Both were constructed out of a 2x2 frame and covered with bamboo cut from a local property. The bamboo changed color from green when it was first cut down to brown closer to opening night, which provided variation in the appearance of the set. We also used bamboo as oars, an animal pen, and a javelin.
     
    This was my first production as a set designer. Previously, I was on the construction crew for Is He Dead? and an assistant set designer for Thoroughly Modern Millie. I assisted in the design of the set for the 2013 spring musical, 9 to 5, but had to withdraw for personal reasons.
  • Basic set model: see additions below
  • Basic set model with palace gates (center stage)
  • Basic set model with Circe's Fountain (center stage flanked by stairways)
  • Basic set model with Eumaeus' Hut (stage left)
  • Actual construction: basic set
  • Double-height platform with ramp for Muse's entrance (upstage right)
  • Platforms connected by rope ladder (upstage left)
  • Narration platform (downstage left)
  • Narration platform/Zeus' Perch (downstage right)
  • Two platforms connected by rope ladder (upstage left)
  • View of upstage set and walkable rope bridge
     
    Photo Credit: Demetra Demetriades
  • View of full set and fabric
     
    Photo Credit: Demetra Demetriades
  • View of lighting condition in Cyclopes scene at dress rehearsal
     
    Photo Credit: Demetra Demetriades
  • View of repurposed Circe's Fountain on circular platforms
     
    Photo Credit: Demetra Demetriades
    Build Credit: Ashley Petix
  • View of base set at dress rehearsal
     
    Photo Credit: Suzette Lucas
  • View of base set at dress rehearsal
     
    Photo Credit: Suzette Lucas
  • View of base set and Eumaeus' Hut (bamboo structure) at dress rehearsal
     
    Photo Credit: Suzette Lucas
  • VIew of base set and Eumaeus' Hut (bamboo structure) at dress rehearsal
     
    Photo Credit: Suzette Lucas
  • View of base set, fabric, and columns at dress rehearsal
     
    Photo Credit: Suzette Lucas
  • View of base set at dress rehearsal
     
    Photo Credit: Suzette Lucas
  • View of narration platform/Zeus' perch at dress rehearsal
     
    Photo Credit: Suzette Lucas
  • View of narration platform at dress rehearsal
     
    Photo Credit: Suzette Lucas
  • View of base set at dress rehearsal
     
    Photo Credit: Suzette Lucas
  • View of base set and fabric at dress rehearsal
     
    Photo Credit: Suzette Lucas
  • View of base set and addition (repurposed Circe's Fountain) at dress rehearsal
     
    Photo Credit: Suzette Lucas