An American in Paris


The Music Theatre Wichita package for An American in Paris features an elegant stage design by David L. Arsenault, which was originally utilized on a full-stage turntable (at Ogunquit Playhouse and Music Theatre Wichita), although the design will also work on a standard stage floor.

The design has been vibrantly enhanced with a series of projected illustrations, backdrops, and animated figures designed by Michael Commendatore, which were projected from both front of house and from backstage. (The play can be performed without the projections; projections can be licensed through us as part of this rental package.)

More than 300 colorful costumes — closer in feel to the 1951 MGM film than to the more abstract Broadway / London design — bring the post-World War II era to vivid life, and were designed by George T. Mitchell. The final ballet in this production (conceived, directed and choreographed by Jeffry Denman) evokes the feel of Vincente Minnelli’s climactic ballet in the film, with a variety of picturesque French characters supporting the leading lady (Lise Dassin) and her leading man (Jerry Mulligan). To accommodate Mr. Denman’s vision of the ballet, there are also costumes for Jerry’s rival Henri, as well as dance-doubles for both Jerry and Henri. Cast size in Wichita was 32.

The entire package fits into two 53′ trailers, including costumes and props. (Of course this does not include the turntable, which was created by Music Theatre Wichita and requires a raised 4 1/2″ full-stage deck. The turntable also requires a computerized system for controlling the mechanism, which we rented from Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma).

To view the costumes from An American in Paris, click on the photo below.

In addition to the still photos included above, these three video montages offer additional glimpses into the creation and use of the turntable, and represent the flow and feel of the production quite effectively.


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