Fear of puberty is the theme of my scenic design. It is designed for a thrust stage which the audience can visualize the play from three sides. My design purposefully intends to make the viewers look from several angles, so they can have many point-of-views and interpretation of the play. At the foreground, you can see bent nails stabbed onto petals, and blood stains remain on every part of them. In the middle ground, the focal point of the stage is a silver well. Notice that I decorate gold paint with gradient blue color in the center, it represents mysterious deep water. The tarnished plastic that plugs onto the well is a satire of the Hollywood sign. Instead, it is written “HELL.” I decorated the background with red paint and broken plastic. They are associated with violence during puberty. Throughout the design, the audience can connect the stage with disorder, pain, and confusion during the youth of one’s life, but more dramatically.
-Elements and Deeper Meanings-
I utilize unity, contrast, and symbolism in the design. The most significant parts; the sharped edges of the nails, the splashes of blood, the heart-shape blood stain, the bending nails, and the bullet holes, they symbolize pain, violence, breaking during the puberty stage of a person. Additionally, the white petals that are half colored in red symbolize the kids are polluted with realistic views, almost too harsh. The subordinate element of this design, the unity of the bending nails evokes fear. It connotes the danger in the nightmare. Furthermore, the position of the well emphasizes the importance of it. The “HELL” sign alludes to imperceptive teenagers imitate the Hollywood’s celebrities. The color scheme of the water is an allusion to Van Gogh’s Starry Night. On top of that, the contrasting tones help the audience to conduct the well to an unorthodoxy world. Moreover, there are six gold paints in the well. Number 6 appears as the number for the devil in the religious world. The connections lead to a theme of the power of subversion which young adults during puberty often subvert meanings as they grow.
I am satisfied with the usage of unity on the bending nails. They look sophisticated but easy to understand. The appearance actively displays their meanings. Nevertheless, the nails are also visually appealing as they are bending as a whole. The blood-stained petals also go well with the visual of the nails.
-Didn’t do well-
The model is disproportionated, scruffy and no negative spaces. If the scene is in scaled, it will become a cluster and the actors will have a hard time walking across the stage. The nails are positioned near the edges of the scene; the sharp points are going to hurt people near the stage as well. After the hot glues cooled down, they formed in shapes all around the places where I meant to keep them flat. If I have a chance to develop the design, I will create more negative spaces and make the design proportional to the real world. Also, the color of the blood needs to be redder, and I should apply less volume of glues. The sides of the platforms expose the fact that I add a layer of black foams onto the stage. I could’ve paint them black.
Making a scenic model for a stage drama helps me understand the difficulties of measuring the props in scale and positioning them to demonstrate the significance of the theme. The design has to convey meanings and aesthetically pleasing. Theatre process including scenic design, therefore, I learned to do the first step and recognize the things the designers have to do next.