Our model has come a long way since we first assembled it in white. We’ve printed out color patterns and pasted them to the walls and the road. Additionally, we cut and painted some extra elements to be placed in the scene, giving our theoretical actors more to play with. We’ve also finished our paper models for our cars.
The theoretical setup will involve 30k lumen projectors pointed at each of the front walls, and ultra short-throw projectors lighting up the RP screen. Our actual setup will involve one projector in front and one projector in back.
Our play will start with an usher walking out onto the stage. They will apologize for any inconvenience or disappointment, but due to a tragic injury during last night’s performance, there will be no performance of Furious! The Fast and Furious Musical tonight. Instead, they hope you’ll enjoy this performance of… uhh… He pulls a piece of paper out of his pocket. Please enjoy “Hedwig and the Angry Inch!”
The song “Tear Me Down” will be performed with the original Fast and Furious tech still playing. The piece will involve bright lights streaking past the stage, and receding into the distance on the RP screen, creating the illusion of depth. The number will end with a spectacular crash. Flames and sparks will be projected all over the walls. The car stage left, which had been hanging from the ceiling, will crash down onto the floor. That… didn’t seem planned.
The next song to involve projections will be “Origin of Love.” Hedwig will roll out an old-school overhead transparency projector. It really is a far cry from the tech spectacle that we witnessed earlier in the show, but hey, you work with what you have. She will lay down transparencies over each other, helping to tell the story of the creation of the world. When she reaches the part where Zeus decides to destroy the world, she will lay down a clear pan filled with water and begin adding colored oils, á lá Joshua Light Show. This trippy light show will start out on the upstage screen and grow to cover the whole stage. We will accomplish this by fading down her overhead projector and fading up pre-rendered digital imagery. This will mark the turning point from the “realistic” world of the failed Broadway show into the Hedwig’s fantasy world. This is the song for which we will be our fully fleshed-out video.
We will present will be “Wicked Little Town (reprise)” as our final song. By this point, Hedwig will have destroyed most of the set over the course of the show. The rear projection screen will be torn down during “Exquisite Corpse,” leaving an empty stage behind it. We will be projecting on to Tommy Gnosis’ body, following him around the stage. We don’t know exactly what our content will look like yet, but we hope to really try to visualize our core concept of growth through pain, and we like the idea of an image starting small and growing to take over the stage.