June 26, 2017

Message From Saturn – Production Guide

Notes to Director

Message From Saturn is a musical space odyssey, so anything that captures the feeling of interstellar travel can enhance the play. Improvisation by ensemble cast is encouraged whenever the children are traveling from one element to another, as well as within the four elements. In the various productions so far, props, sets, and lighting increased the adventure and magical aspects of the show. Look for good chemistry for the three leads, and the quirkiest child for the role of Bebe, who can be played by either gender. White neutral masks play well for the “star” extras and allow for confusion-less doubling. Also helps fill the stage with children eager to conquer stage fears.

Notes to Costumer

Message From Saturn offers the opportunity to create costumes for the Zodiacs. Every kid can be involved. Group the kids to help with costume planning and creation by their signs.  Mary, Lou, and William can be dressed in regular kid attire.  Asteroids can be multi-colored with sparkles and glittering elements. Experiment. Attending Stars look great in white, neutral masks and offer the possibility for doubling.

Notes to Set Designer

To create the effect of traveling through space a rotating disco ball does the trick. Hang it above the stage and shoot a spot directly at it.