A Theatrical Lighting Design for Duke Ellington's Sophisticated Ladies
Wagner, Daniel M
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The purpose of this thesis is to provide a record of the lighting design process and a critical analysis for the production of Duke Ellington's Sophisticated Ladies, produced by the Department of Theatre. Lighting design begins with an analysis of the text, followed by a meeting when the director conveys his particular approach to this production. The designers then do visual research to stimulate ideas. For a lighting designer, provocative images that evoke certain emotions are especially useful. The research will be translated into design in terms of direction, color, and texture. The designer plots the lighting units and turns the plot over to the master electrician, who will realize it with other electricians. The designer will write cues to support the action, shape the scenery, and illuminate the costumes. Through technical and dress rehearsals, actors, sound, scenery, costume, and lighting all join together, and the show is realized.