Ken Ludwig’s ‘Twas the Nights Before Christmas is a fast-paced children’s show with adult actors. With this production, we wanted to keep the costumes bright and colorful, and of course whimsical. The play is written for five actors playing a total of ten parts, so I designed everything to either do double-duty between characters, or easily able to be over/under-dressed as needed. With the main elf, Calliope, I wanted to stay away from the “traditional” red and green scheme, along with the fact that she is a Jewish elf, I chose a cooler, blue-based color scheme for her. Sir Guy and Mulch, are referenced as being from the Robin Hood legend, so I wanted to keep them in a silhouette reminiscent of that, but also Christmas-elf-like. We also decided that we wanted our Santa to be more our own, and less of your stereotypical mall Santa. I chose a longer robe/coat, more reminiscent of a Victorian-style Santa, and a red waistcoat, for scenes where the coat was not needed.
Produced by Lyric Arts, 2016
Director: Hannah Weinberg
Scenic Design: Brian Proball
Lighting Design: Eric Voigt
Set Dressing/Makeup Design: Mark Lopez