I have been given a task to produce a set design which is based on the film called, "Little Shop of Horrors." As the set design is very important within theatres I am expected to create a stage which meets all of the requirements of the film as well as 1950's New York. During the process of organising an outstanding stage for an audience, I will be noting down key aspects of my planning. This includes the production of the design and as much research as possible. Also, it is essential to communicate with all members of my group and sharing new ideas. I will ensure that my ideas are original and I am asking opinions from my teacher and client. I am looking forward to creating an exciting design for the stage and an outcome I can proudly reflect on.

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Musical Sets

Little Shop of Horrors

The actors are wearing clothing from 1950 time period. This can be identified with the bright ankle socks, high waist trousers and skirts as well as nerdy jumpers. Also, it shows this musical is in a poverty period due to the  poorly constructed buildings and graffiti. 

 Lord of the Rings

This set creates a warrior and fighting theme. It consists of cold colours such as grey and risky red. With these coloured combined the set becomes a tense impression.


This play is set in 1926. The clothing worn shows glamour but sets a mysterious vibe through the colour and dim lighting. It is a suspicious atmosphere which signifies wealth but crime through the spotlight that shows someone is being targeted. 


The actors are dressed as cats as they are surrounded by trash cans and litter. They may be positioned in a Junk yard which means dirt and grime. In addition, there is a lot of festive lighting all around the night set which shows excitement and catastrophe.

Les Miserables

Fire colours are present at this scene. Red,yellow and orange shows danger and risk taking. The smoky set of actors dressed in cheap and torn clothing may mean  to fighting for freedom. This can also suggest slavery.

It is important to be aware how a set can influence what you indicate the story may be about. To make a successful set design the key importance is to ensure the message which the play is about must be visually portrayed. I have reconsigned the moods different sets gives away. It can be shown through colour, lighting and positioning of props to create a powerful scene. This also keeps the audience hooked onto the performance. 

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