Roman Fever

Music by Robert Ward 

Text by Roger Brunyate

After the story by Edith Warton  
Director: David Holley
Scenic Design: David Holley

Lighting and Projection Design: Rachel Lake
Costume Design: Jacquelyn Whiteside
UNCG Auditorium
Spring 2021
Photo Credit: Jacquelyn Whiteside

Concept Statement

When two old friends bump into each other after decades of silence, they find themselves reminiscing their youth over lunch in Rome. Each have different as they are alike have a secret to tell; and when tensions rise, all things come out into the light. Their two daughters are both blossoming in their youth, and their time in Rome is spent enjoying life with two handsome, eligible gentlemen.

With this production being double cast, I did not solidify a specific color system as I normally would; rather, I focused more on contrasting the youthful girls with their older, mature mothers. Each cast has a slightly different color palette, but the concept ideas are still implemented.

 

 I created three character groupings: the mothers (Alida Slade, Grace Ansley), the daughters (Jenny Slade, Barbara Ansley), and the waiter.

 

The waiter is seen in typical waiter attire. Black and white was used to stick with the typical look while also not taking away from the other four characters' looks. Silhouette is straightforward and textures are flat cotton and polyester since we live in a polyester world now.

 

The mothers in both casts each have a visually darker tone to their costumes and straight consistent silhouettes. As for textures, Alida Slade's textures are full of embroidery and extra embellishments to contrast with Grace Ansley's smooth and simple appearance. This not only contrasts from the girls, but also reveals the differences in personalities between the two women.

 

The daughters in both casts attain a lighter and brighter appearance with an unrestricted silhouette when compared to the mothers. As for textures, Jenny Slade is seen in smoother, daintier textures, such as lace to exhibit her down-to-earth viewpoint and innocence; on the contrary, Barbara is seen with various embellishments, hand-sewn glass beading, and sequins, the epitome of a flapper.

Renderings

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Jenny Slade 

Day Dress

Cast 1 & 2

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Jenny Slade

Evening Dress

Cast 1

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Barbara Ansley

Day Dress

Cast 1 & 2

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Barbara Ansley

Evening Dress

Cast 1 & 2