Parlando: The COC Blog

11/23/2010

First Steps for The Magic Flute

When creating a new production, one step of the process is the accumulation of drawings, diagrams, fabric samples, and inspirational images into a series of production "bibles"—binders where everything can be centrally stored. Our new production of The Magic Flute is currently being built in our prop shop, scene shop, and costume shop, and the "bibles" are filling up with imagery and materials. I had the opportunity to thumb through the props bible for The Magic Flute, and have some images to share. For costume sketches and maquettes (mock-ups of the stage and set), see our Magic Flute Photo Gallery.

Papageno the bird-catcher is drawn here along with the birdcages he carries.

 

 

 

In Act I, scene iii, Tamino plays his magic flute hoping to find Pamina, but instead the flute calls forth a series of magically tamed animals, some of which are depicted here:

 

The binder also includes selected art images that have served as an inspiration or reference for the designs. These images locate the production's aesthetic in Mozart's time, the 18th century.

 

 

 

 

A prop sofa, yet to be built, is depicted in this image. The final sofa may have a straight back instead of curved.

 

 

The fabric for the sofa has been picked out, and is shown next to the image here.

 

In the coming weeks, we'll be posting more photos of the props, scenery, and costumes as they take shape. 

Posted by Cecily Carver / in 2010/2011 / comments (2) / permalink

Carly (11/23/2010 1:10:00 PM)
So beautiful, so exciting. Great post!
Cecily (11/23/2010 1:40:00 PM)
Carly: I'm really looking forward to seeing this production come together. Even the cardboard mock-ups are fascinating to look at.

Sara Fulgoni in the COC production of Bluebeard's Castle. Photo: Michael Cooper © 2001