CONCEPT STATEMENT 

The Gondoliers depicts two Venetian gondoliers searching for love in the midst of the great search for the King of Barataria. The emphasis on rags to riches goes hand-in-hand within this classic operetta and is abundantly realized on stage through Casilda, The Duke of Plaza-Toro, and The Duchess of Plaza-Toro. As the lowly gondoliers experiment with royal appearances alongside the Duke’s family in Act II, their costumes become less gaudy. Throughout Act I these characters’ costumes reflect hues of dark teals and jades, overly shiny and exuberant textures (which change in Act II to more encrusted, shiny sequins and stones), and a highly abstracted version of the Rococo silhouette. For Act II, the costumes reflect lighter toned colors (i.e., blush pinks and beiges), softer, more elegant fabric textures with Rococo inspired embroideries, and the same Rococo silhouette. This high contrast between line, color, and texture from Act I and Act II showcases how these characters change over the course of the operetta giving the audience a feast in terms of eye candy.

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