Date of Award

5-1-2017

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts

Department

Theater

First Advisor

Zea, Wendi

Abstract

Southern Illinois University’s Department of Theater presented Children of Eden on the McLeod Theater stage in October of 2016. This Thesis is an examination of the process of designing the costumes for the production from the early play analysis, through the design, to the performances. Stephen Schwartz and John Caird’s Children of Eden is a musical exploration of the first nine chapters of the book of “Genesis.” Our production of Children of Eden focused on creating a global exploration of the familial themes. The first chapter of this document contains an in-depth analysis of this script. Chapter Two covers the designing of the show. The third chapter discusses the production process. Chapter Four offers an overview of the tech rehearsals and performances of the show. Finally, the fifth chapter examines the original goals set for myself and the execution of each goal. The visual process for each character’s design can be found in the Appendices, including rough sketches, renderings, fitting photos and production photographs.

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