1. You have to show or create a shipwreck on stage. How might you do that?

I might want to use lighting and sound for this section, for example using extreme flashing lights then a blackout to show that there was an accident. Then the sound effects behind could be sounds of waves and crashing sounds to show the shipwreck. During this time there could be people moving in the background to show panic which is also a transition that can be pieces of wood left on the ground after the shipwreck.

  1. One character in your play is a spirit. How might you have a character as a spirit onstage?

If we could, then I would use a harness so they can float around onstage. We could also use costumes like glittery or half-transparent material pieces of clothing so they don’t look alive. But it shouldn’t be too eye-catching because they are a spirit.

  1. Another character is imprisoned in a rock. How would you show a character imprisoned in a rock?

I would put the actor/actress in a cage and have pieces of rock props around the cage to show that they’re stuck inside a rock. The cage can symbolize imprisonment but the audience is still able to see the actor. Another idea could be using a special material to create a piece of cloth to put over the actor and shine a light behind them so a shillohwett can be shown up.

  1. You have to portray ‘magic demon dogs’ that are unleashed onstage. How might you portray magic demon dogs (without using real dogs)?

We could use smoke machines and incorporate lighting into this scene. By using smoke, it can seem like it has magic, colors that represent magic are possibly purple or blue, or if demon is the more significant idea then red lighting could work as well. Sound effect of dogs barking should be in the background as well. Actors could come onstage into the smoke in plain black and walk on four limbs to seem like the magic demon dogs.

  1. What elements would you bring in to create a deserted island? What would you create? Describe how the audience would know that it is a deserted island.

I think some sterotypical elements of a deserted island are palm trees, sand and water. We could use the background to emphasize on the location like putting a picture of a deserted island there. There could be some sand around the island and palm trees as props around the area.

  1. What challenges would you face when trying to create all of these elements in person, on stage, live, in front of an audience.

Some things might create some safety hazards like the spirit lift may not be as safe since they’re in the air, if the actor isn’t skilled enough, they may fall. Or some transitions would be hard to run smoothy like moving the cage for the rock or cleaning up the sand for the deserted island. Some other things might be kind of confusing like the shipwreck may not be as clear but it has to be since is probably a highlight of the show. These things might cause the props to not work as properly, or unrealistic.


“Inspiration” comes from many sources. Describe one source of inspiration for Julie Taymor when she was setting the scene for the play.

One source that Taymor got was from Mudmen of New Guinea.

Describe one moment where you went “a-ha!” or “that is brilliant!” or “I never would have thought of that!” and describe how or why that moment stood out to you.

When they were thinking about how to make the actor look like a spirit, I didn’t think about using a hand and make the actor invisible onstage. I was very surprised of how that turned out and I think it is very creative.

‘Symbolism’ plays an important part in most theatre. This is different than ‘Literal’. Pick one moment or element that was represented “symbolically” as opposed to literally and describe it.

Symbolism can be seen in this film where she find Shakepear’s “the bigger light”. She used that props to show that she thought it represented the sun.