Monday, June 27, 2011

Anything Goes - Set Design

Hey everyone! This is a set I designed for the Metro Theatre in Vancouver British Columbia, Canada. Its for the musical "Anything Goes". The show was set on a 1920s cruise ship, with many different settings. The theatre had no room on either side of the stage and a limited fly gallery (the rigging system that brings the sets up and down) The two door units on the sides were on wheels and had other scenes on all sides. These units could never leave the stage, so it was a bit of a challenge to make it work. Below are pictures of the set model first, then a couple set shots ONSTAGE, and then a video clip of one of the musical numbers from the show. (Plus I play one of the singing sailors as well...see if you can spot me) Hope you enjoy the pics an commentary:)

Here is the set in the night lighting. The back wall sky and waterline had mini lights in it to become stars. the moon swung in from the side. The handrails slid from offstage.
the main setting on the opposite side of the door units was the two "Lower Cabins" with bunk beds.

They also became the door and bathroom for the stateroom. The wooden wall flew in from the fly gallery.

This is the Ships Nightclub Setting. The curtain and arch fly in from the gallery.

This is the "ships deck" set. This is where the majority of the big scenes take place.

Stairs light up!!
This is a picture of the actual set taken during a warm up before a show. Very candid.
Really cool view of the moon with its star lighting on during a night scenes.

This is the second level exit. the doors lead thru the backwall and down another set of stairs to the backstage area
Close up of the stairs with the lights detail. The floor boards were painted effect.

 Here is a clip from the musical set on the main deck, its the song Buddy Beware featuring Cathy Wilmont and her singing sailors (including me):

Thats all for today, hope you liked the pics and video!

1 comment:

Mike woods said...

We spent a long time researching the Internet for Anything Goes Sets and eventually built our one . We liked your curved front on the upper deck in particular.

Here is our version

Please let me know what you think.

Mike Woods Technical Director