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The Show Goes On: History of Gonzaga Theatre and Dance: Case 3

Case 3: The Making of Plays

Case 3: The Making of Plays

In theatre, acting gets all the glory, but shows would not be able to go on without the tireless work of those behind the scenes.  Set and costume designers and constructors, lighting and sound technicians, makeup artists, directors, choreographers, stage crew, and musicians are the unsung heroes of every live performance. 

Call to Audition-- 1983

Call to Audition-- 1983

The actors part begins with auditions.

 

Research for "The Crucible"-- 2006

Research for "The Crucible"-- 2006

The director's journey begins before the actors'.  For this production of "The Crucible," the director has looked into the history of Salem, Puritan style clothing, and what mood they want to set.

Director's Script for "Medieval Mysteries"-- 2002

Director's Script for "Medieval Mysteries"-- 2002

This is the director’s copy of the script of “Medieval Mysteries” from 2002.  It was the first production that Suzanne Ostersmith directed at Gonzaga.  As you can see, the director marks important details in the script, hardly leaving a page clear.

Costume Concept Art

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This is concept art for two of the costumes in “Curse of the Starving Class” from 2008.

The Costume

The picture shows both costumes at a rehearsal for "Curse of the Starving Class" in 2008

The picture shows both costumes at a rehearsal for "Curse of the Starving Class" in 2008.

This green skirt is the final result of the concept art.

This green skirt is the final result of the concept art.

Sewing Costumes

Mrs. Robert J. Albi sewing costumes for “Kiss Me Kate,” in 1964.

Mrs. Robert J. Albi sewing costumes for “Kiss Me Kate,” in 1964.

Set Construction

The set of "Kiss Me Kate" in the midst of construction, 1964.

The set of "Kiss Me Kate" in the midst of construction, 1964.

A carousel horse being built for "Carousel" in 1966.

A carousel horse being built for "Carousel" in 1966.

Light Cues for "Weaving our Sisters' Voices"-- 2015

Light Cues for "Weaving our Sisters' Voices"-- 2015

This bundle of colored cards contains every color for every light cue used in this year’s production of “Weaving our Sisters’ Voices.”

Stage Makeup for "Cappy Ricks"-- between 1937 and 1940

Stage Makeup for "Cappy Ricks"-- between 1937 and 1940

Aging Up for "Fantasticks"-- 1977

Stage makeup: Aging Up for "Fantasticks"-- 1977

This is a student getting into stage makeup for “Fantasticks” in 1977.  Note the heavy nature of the makeup and the additional lines—the character is quite elderly.

Pit Orchestra

Pit Orchestra

Robert M. Cook conducts the pit orchestra from “The King and I” in 1965.  Pit orchestra is generally how music is provided for musical theatre.

Call to Attend-- 1972

Call to Attend-- 1972

Finally, no production would be complete without an audience.  This letter requests that Gonzaga faculty attend "Little Mary Sunshine" in 1972.