Date of Award

5-1-2016

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts

Department

Theater

First Advisor

Zea, Wendi

Abstract

AN ABSTRACT OF THE THESIS OF LIBBY MUETH, for the Master of Fine Arts degree in Theater, presented on April 8, 2016, at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. TITLE: COSTUMING THE ADDAMS FAMILY: A GHOSTLY EXPERIENCE MAJOR PROFESSOR: Wendi Zea In October 2015 the Department of Theater at Southern Illinois University produced the musical The Addams Family. This thesis is an exhibition of the process for designing the show from analysis to the audience. The Addams Family was a nostalgic romp that has its roots in the Family Charles Addams developed in his one panel cartoons, which grew into television shows, movies, and has most recently blossomed in to a musical. Our production focused on honing the kooky familiar family and joining them with the new lively ancestors. Chapter 1 walks through the analysis of the show and wraps up with a brief look at the goals for the process. The second chapter addresses the design process. Chapter 3 describes how we went from design to stage. Chapter 4 examines the technical week and performance. The last chapter explores how the goals were met and how I developed as an artist. In the appendices is a collection of roughs, renderings, paper work, and show images.

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