The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

I was drawn to the idea of a journey. Not just in the physical sense of getting from Point A to Point B, but a journey of growing up and discovering what it means to give yourself to others and to love.

A spiral seemed to best represent this. It’s both intriguing and trepidatious. It’s tempting to follow it to see what’s at the center. It’s a little bit whimsical but familiar at the same time. It winds and curves much like the personal journeys we embark on.

Following this motif, the design starts with a spiral chandelier-like sculpture hanging from the ceiling and revealing twinkling starts throughout the play. The shape continues with the five pallet platforms that spiral up toward the stars and down into the art deco spiraling illusion painted onto the floor.

The design also consists of several trunks, crates, and miscellaneous pieces of furniture that were transformed from scene to scene.

Location:  Kalamazoo Civic, Parish Theatre

Services:  Scenic Designer, Properties Designer, Paint Charge

Year: November, 2018