Design at Wheaton encompasses costume, scene and lighting design. Hands-on experience is gained in bringing four to eight faculty- and student-directed performances to the stage.
This aspect of design does the most to help create the characters of a given play; it also helps to establish the mood and idea presented by the director. A successful costume will subconsciously convey a wealth of information to an audience member; age, social status, era, season, ethnicity, nationality, vocation, etc. Many hours are spent doing research, meeting with the director, analyzing the script, shopping and finally overseeing the product come alive from page to stage.
The largest of all the design elements of a production, the set of a play tends to control the overall visual effect. Through a set design you tell the audience about the play; the time of the play, the characters that inhabit this play, and what type of play it is. The final product is the result of hours of meetings, analyzing the script, research and collaborating with the director and other designers.
Lighting Design is much more than drafting, hanging, circuiting, and focusing. It is creating an environment on stage that enhances the production's overall concept. We get our ideas from personal experiences, observations, and research. Working with the rest of the design team molds and sharpens these ideas. Keeping in mind the basic qualities of light, we then carefully choose the appropriate equipment and reproduce those themes.