To Sarospatak and Back: One Girl’s Mission to Make a Little Theater Magic

Nicole Boyd '13
Theater

To Sarospatak and Back: One Girl’s Mission to Make a Little Theater Magic

By Nicole Boyd ’13

So, I’m not just here for fun, there is also a show going up next Saturday (oh goodness, we go up in six days…). Truthfully, anyone who works in theater will tell you that a few more days would be ideal. But in this case, we really do mean it. The work for the opera happens all over the course of two weeks, plus change. To my William and Mary friends out there, think of it as the Hungarian equivalent of Sinfonicron, except we work in a castle. Which, when it comes to some production values, had its perks.

However, this doesn’t necessarily apply to set and lighting design. Certainly, as I mentioned before the acoustics are excellent, but both creating and moving the set to the castle is a challenge. As of yesterday, the first round of painting on our set was completed.

Working on a set for an outdoor opera provides both the designer (and his assistant), with a variety of challenges. And while it is certainly worth it, here are the things that I think you should know.