We finally had the opportunity to see “Once,” the musical. It’s easy to see why it has won many awards: It has likable, true-to-life characters, excellent songs, an unconventional take on love and attraction. The question we have is whether our primary clientele–secondary schools and community theaters–will choose to stage this show. Smaller groups probably won’t have enough performers who can handle the triple responsibilities of singing, playing instruments, and acting, but with some creative tweaking (like off-stage musicians playing instruments) it could work.
If you do decide to produce “Once,” ScenoGraphics has several Design-Paks that show you how to build sets for it. All of these designs make use of levels, as in the professional production we saw. Just add a bar, and you’re ready to go. Here are the titles, each of which are depicted on our website, www.scenographics.com: Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” “I Remember Mama,” “Anne of Green Gables,” “Moon Over Buffalo” (Green Room set), “To Kill a Mockingbird” (courtroom set). You find pictures of these titles by clicking on the “Design-Pak” link on our home page, selecting “Comedies and Drams,” and finding the title alphabetically.
There are also two set designs for musicals (select the musicals when you click on Design-Pak): “Little Shop of Horrors” (interior set) and “Urinetown.”
We’ll try to help you with set designs, whether for “Once” or over 150 other shows.