First Night, or whatever
By Terry Dodd
Directed by Chip Walton
Costumes Designed by Tricia Stevens
Lighting Designed by Shannon McKinney
Sound Designed by Matthew E. Morgan
Department of Theatre
University of Denver
First Night, or whatever was the first show produced in the University of Denver Theatre Department's Elizabeth Eriksen Byron Theatre. The actor/audience configuration chosen for this production was thrust.
The First Night, or whatever set consisted of a make-up room and upstage of it a call board, stairs to the stage and a door to a "star" dressing room. For this show the thrust configuration shown here was reversed so that the audience was looking at the control booth, exit signs, and a fake pin rail. Most of the show takes place in the dressing room on opening night of a production of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. Finally, the last 30 seconds of the show takes place in the theatre with the beginning line from Act I, Scene 2.
The pre-show prologue
The costume designer berates an actor for smoking in the make-up room
The director gives an opening night pep talk
The director gives some acting advice
30 minutes till "places"
Last minute costume alterations
Viola gets in character
Viola on the beach