Fiddler was the third set in a row I did at a high school
auditorium in Newark, the other two being Les Miz and Spamalot.
Once again, we had the forty-foot-wide by twelve-foot-high stage,
as well as a need to accommodate a large cast, several production
numbers, and various locations.
The design solution here was to create a cutout backdrop (a ground
row) of a stylized village and have several small scenic units,
on wagons, move in front of it as needed. The units were suggestive
rather than literal, and had cutouts to reveal the sun disk painted
on the sky backdrop. About three feet of space between the village
cutout and the sky drop allowed for lighting instruments to create
different effects on the sky. The lighting designer did a very nice
job of isolating the acting areas for the more intimate scenes and
lighting larger parts of the stage for the production numbers.
Stage 1 Theatre, Newark, CA