ENCHANTMENT THEATRE COMPANY, Resident Production Designer
As a theater for young audiences and families, Enchantment Theatre Company creates original and evocative work using fables, fairytales and myths to stimulate intuitive thinking and encourage the possibility of mystery and magic in our lives.
My approach to design for Enchantment Theatre Company employs the use of costumes, puppets, masks, and illusions in a stylized and theatrical manner. As Enchantment Theatre’s Resident Production Designer since 2003, I perform a crucial role in delivering poetic imagery to lead the audience on a journey of joy and wonder.
Enchantment Theatre Company tours the U.S. and Canada and performs with major symphony orchestras such as The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Seattle Symphony, The Cleveland Orchestra and The Montreal Symphony.
My Father's Dragon
Peter Rabbit Tales
Sheherazade and Aladdin and Other Enchanting Tales
Produced by: The Enchantment Theatre co. with the Cleveland Orchestra Directed by: Leslie Reidel Costumes, Puppets, Props, and Scenic Elements Designed by: C. David Russell
These renderings and photographs represent the costume designs for a production of "Scheherazade." This adaptation, by Landis and Jennifer Smith of Enchantment Theatre Company, was directed by Leslie Reidel. Scheherazade premiered with The Cleveland Orchestra in October 2008 at the start of its national tour. Based on the ancient "Tales from the Arabian Nights" the play tells the story of the beautiful Princess Scheherazade, who weaves together a thousand-and-one folk tales to entertain her husband, the Sultan. Set to Rimsky-Korsakov's orchestral tone-poem, "Scheherazade" is a rich visual and musical tapestry. I approached this project with a lavish use of color and lush, ornate fabrics. These elements combine with the performers' gracefully expressive, dance-like movements to illustrate a sensuous attitude of exotic, theatrical opulence.
color puppet sketch
The Firebird swoops down with a feather
The Prince battles the demons
Color Sketch for The Prince
The Prince sleeps under the tree
The Prince enters the forest
The Velveteen Rabbit
National Tour Produced by: The Enchantment Theatre Co. Directed by: Leslie Reidel 2007
Produced by: The Enchantment Theatre Company Directed by: Leslie Reidel Scenery, Costumes, Puppets, Props, and Designed by: C. David Russell