The Big Summer

This summer has been fast and furious so far. Although I enjoyed my time at the Berkshire Theatre Group last summer, I took on some individual design opportunities of my own and some large scale assisting this time around.

The final show of Florida Rep's season: Split in Three. Set: Richard Crowell. Lighting: Todd O. Wren. Costumes: Roberta Malcolm. Sound: John Kiselica. Stage Manager: Amy L. Massari.
Lots of end of season cleaning

Without any time to waste, I went straight from Florida Rep to the Spoleto USA festival in Charleston SC. There I worked as an assistant to lighting designer Lea Xiao on a new opera, Paradise Interrupted. This was a very challenging, but gorgeous production to work on. The show does have a future life, and I hope to work on it again in a new incarnation.

Paradise Interrupted at the Memminger Auditorium, Spoleto Festival USA. Director: Jennifer Wen Ma. Composer: Huang Ruo. Conductor: John Kennedy. Stage Designer: Matthew J. Hillyard. Lighting: Lea Xiao. Interactive Video: Guillermo Acevedo. Projection Designer: Austin Switser. Costumes: Melissa Kirgan, Xing-Zhen Chung Hilyard. (c) Julia Lynn Photography
Paradise Interrupted at the Memminger Auditorium, Spoleto Festival USA. Director: Jennifer Wen Ma. Composer: Huang Ruo. Conductor: John Kennedy. Stage Designer: Matthew J. Hillyard. Lighting: Lea Xiao. Interactive Video: Guillermo Acevedo. Projection Designer: Austin Switser. Costumes: Melissa Kirgan, Xing-Zhen Chung Hilyard. (c) Cindy Jia Ma

More photos here

Kent Sprague (L) and Lea Xiao (R) during tech for Paradise Interrupted in the Memminger Auditorium

After a fast paced month in Charleston, I drove 1,000 miles to Timber Lake Playhouse in Mount Carroll in Western Illinois. Up first was Hairspray.

The vintage ETC Express was a bit of a surprise, but plans are already in the work for a new light board.
Hairspray at Timber Lake Playhouse. Director: Lili-Anne Brown. Choreographer: Zachary L. Gray. Scenic Design: Benjamin Lipinski. Lighting Design: Kent Sprague. Costume Design: Julane Sullivan. Sound Design: A.J. Bierschwal. Hair Design: Emma O'Dell. Properties Design: Cassidy Parkison. Stage Manager: Mary-Catherine Mikalayunas. Musical Direction: Cindy Blanc. (c) Unposed Photography
Hairspray at Timber Lake Playhouse. Director: Lili-Anne Brown. Choreographer: Zachary L. Gray. Scenic Design: Benjamin Lipinski. Lighting Design: Kent Sprague. Costume Design: Julane Sullivan. Sound Design: A.J. Bierschwal. Hair Design: Emma O'Dell. Properties Design: Cassidy Parkison. Stage Manager: Mary-Catherine Mikalayunas. Musical Direction: Cindy Blanc. (c) Unposed Photography

The Big Meal was an incredibly rewarding show, and a step in a new direction for Timber Lake, taking on more serious subject matter than is usual for this remote playhouse.

The Big Meal at Timber Lake Playhouse. Director: Chuck Smith. Scenic Design: Benjamin Lipinski. Lighting Design: Kent Sprague. Costume Design: Emma O'Dell. Sound Design: A.J. Bierschwal. Properties Design: Cassidy Parkison. Stage Manager: Hillary Pfeffer. (c) Unposed Photography
The Big Meal at Timber Lake Playhouse. Director: Chuck Smith. Scenic Design: Benjamin Lipinski. Lighting Design: Kent Sprague. Costume Design: Emma O'Dell. Sound Design: A.J. Bierschwal. Properties Design: Cassidy Parkison. Stage Manager: Hillary Pfeffer. (c) Unposed Photography
The Big Meal at Timber Lake Playhouse. Director: Chuck Smith. Scenic Design: Benjamin Lipinski. Lighting Design: Kent Sprague. Costume Design: Emma O'Dell. Sound Design: A.J. Bierschwal. Properties Design: Cassidy Parkison. Stage Manager: Hillary Pfeffer. (c) Unposed Photography

Coming up next is one more production at Timber Lake Playhouse: Peter Pan. I'm very excited to start tech soon, but ready for some time off after.

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