Peter and the Starcatcher

Black Hills Playhouse
Walter M. Lee Theatre
June 2017

Direction by Emily Cherry
Musical Direction by Vonnie Houchin
Costume Design by Amber Marisa Cook
Lighting Design by Darren E. Levin
Scenic Design by Kathy Voecks
Sound Design by John Ryan
Stage Management by Kristal Georgopoulos

Peter and the Starcatcher explores the life of the legendary characters of Peter Pan prior to the story of the famed show. The show follows the individual stories of how the characters received their names, and gives backstory to why they have specific personalities and how those personalities developed. The show is a fast-paced script comprised of small interwoven scenes which provide a great visual challenge for a designer.

Nautical artwork and paintings from the late 1880’s and 1890’s provided as the concept for the lighting design. I was inspired by the simple coloration of the images ranging from low saturation blues and lavenders to the saturate purples, lavenders and ambers seen in the down light and present on the backdrop.

Two systems of down specials allowed for flexibility in cueing to allow for extensive isolation. This isolation also allowed for quick changes in focus for the audience during many of the shorter scenes. Peter and the Starcatcher is comprised of 20 scenes spanning over ten different locations, often with two locations portrayed in the same moment. To support these split scenes, additional isolation was provided by four intelligent fixtures. The integration of these fixtures allowed for added color, focus, and texture flexibility into the design.

The systems of specials were integrated with systems of warm and cool high sides, warm and cool front light, and warm and cool downlight allowing for full realization of the production. The use of tertiary tones in the primary systems of light allowed for a rich color pallet that could be subtly shifted towards warm, cool, and medium tones. These subtle shifts in color tone allowed for specific location information to be provided to the audience while remaining true to the period of the source material.