In 2008 at Salvage Vanguard Theater, Tongue and Groove Theatre captured the hearts of audiences with a stage performance of the classic French film The Red Balloon, adapted to theater by director David Yeakle. In May 2010, the play had its second run of sold-out shows at the Long Center for the Performing Arts in Austin, Texas. The play combined animated backdrops with stage-movement and dance with live music.
As production designer for the theatrical show, I built animated environments that were rear projected on two giant screens. This set the stage for 30 silent performers who danced under a false-proscenium that framed the scene.
In 2008, My work received a Standing Ovation Certificate for Achievement in Animation from the B. Iden Payne Awards.
The proscenium was made up of a storybook frame of 2-dimensional lampposts in an art deco inspired display and balanced with radiating concentric circles of light.
As the productions graphic designer, I created programs, promotional cards, and posters were also used for marketing and merchandise. Each program was colored with red crayon adding to the adolescent reminiscence.
Here’s another review from CTX Live Theatre.