Set Design

I was pretty excited to design the sets for Ondine in my first year in the SJSU theater department. It was a nice looking production. Costumes were by Betty Poindexter (who is brilliant... she taught Costume Design at the university and is always wonderful to work with... she also did Cabaret and most the shows I did at the Opera San Jose).
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Scenery for various children's theater productions. Reynard the Fox for Northside Theater Group, Aladdin and The Three Little Pigs for Deaf West... there have been quite a few children's productions that I have done scenery for over the years.
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I created sets and costumes for Annie for San Jose Children's Musical Theater. It was a tremendous project. We had about 120 orphans and we were playing at the San Jose Civic Auditorium - which is a cavernous space. I decided to create a spectacle of pattern - every orphan was a mish-mash of fabric patterns which contrasted with the simple solids of their outfits at the end of the show. The director Gary De Mattei envisioned a Globe Theater like thrust stage and it worked beautifully for the spectacle of orphans that paraded in and out of the space.
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I was a set designer on this franchise where children could play with their favorite characters. I reworked some existing designs from previous locations and created a new ground plan and many new elements for the two locations in Phoenix and one in Denver. My job was to make the experience more fun for kids, and the new locations were wonderfully popular with kids. It was a great project for a company that I believed in.
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I designed the scenery for the first production of Rue McClanahan's Oedipus Schmedipus: As Long As You Love Your Mother. The musical is one part Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, and another part British bedroom farce.
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I was hired to design Biggleland for Adventures in Biggleland. First I was just hired to create a house for the characters – I ended up taping off my dining room with plastic and carving it there. It had a working waterfall and a stream. The actors were green-screened into the miniature world. The episodes with the house went well and were popular with the kids who watched the show, so many months later I was brought in again to design the town next to the house. We hired a team of sculptors who worked with a very tight time frame and a very tight budget to bring my sketches to life.
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I designed two summer seasons at Sacramento Music Circus. Their stage is in the round and it revolves. My One & Only with Ken Barry, The Wizard of Oz with Kathy Rigby, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas with Juliet Prowse, Carousel with Peter Reckell, On A Clear Day You Can See Forever with Faith Prince and Jack Jones, 42nd Street with can't remember, Evita with Derin Altay, Oliver with Arte Johnson, Mame with Mariette Hartley... I think that's everybody... Lots of great memories... not a lot of photos... will see if I can track more down. 
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I designed several productions for Opera San Jose. I designed sets for L'Elisir d'Amore, Don Pasquale, Fledermaus, Un Ballo Maschera, and sets and costumes for Cosi Fan Tutte.
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I was hired to be the guest set designer for a production of Twelfth Night at West Valley Junior College in San Jose, CA. The skeletal designs were greatly enhanced by a talented lighting designer. Together it became a beautiful production that was almost balletic.
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I designed the scenery for the musical Cabaret. It won the regional award for the American Theater Festival in 1985 and was on display at the Kennedy Center when I traveled to Washington DC to represent Northern California at the festival. I put all the book scenes on the stage of the cabaret with cabaret patrons watching to reinforce the idea that life is indeed a cabaret.
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