Date of Award

5-1-2012

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts

Department

Theater

First Advisor

Varns, Mark

Abstract

This thesis represents the written documentation and evaluation of the lighting design for the Southern Illinois University Carbondale Department of Theater's production of Ken Ludwig's musical Crazy for You. It was produced on the McLeod Theater stage in October of 2010. The first chapter lays out my personal and artistic goals for the project, as well as my initial plan for the design process. The second chapter discusses my analysis of the text and my further research into the text, dance and musical styles found within the work. It includes a scene breakdown, a character breakdown, discussion of the theme, and use of metaphor in our production. The third chapter shines light on my design process and collaboration with the director and other designers. The final chapter is a self-evaluation of my design process and an assessment of the design and its implementation. It details my successes and shortfalls on the project and their implications for my future work as an artist and designer. The appendices of this document include the essential paperwork, and light plot.

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