Kiss Me Kate (music and lyrics by Cole Porter), requires
a number of different settings, including various onstage locations
during rehearsals for The Taming of the Shrew, as well as
dresing rooms and other areas backstage. To reduce the time required
for scene changes and keep the show moving, we created a unit set
that functions as both "onstage" and "backstage"
depending on whether the Padua drop is up or down. Then, to further
enhance the "theatrical" idea, the drop is raised and
lowered by a cast member in full view of the audience.
Instead of assembling the set on stage as pieces were built, we
pre-fabricated the components and stored them off-stage. This gave
the cast the entire stage to work on during rehearsals. Then we
assembled the set in three days, at which point the cast had the
entire structure available to them.
"The inventive set and lovely period costumes give the finishing
touch to this entertaining play..."
Tri City Voice
Douglas Morrisson Theatre, Hayward, CA