South Pacific

The Ohio Light Opera

Director: Jacob Allen

Set Design: Daniel Hobbs

Light Design: Brittany Shemuga

This Golden Age musical tells the story of how a “cock-eyed optimist” whose racism had to be “carefully taught,” and I tried to approach this production's design with a similarly conscious anti-racism, dressing characters in outfits appropriate to their actual background and avoiding stereotypes. More broadly, the design focused on the realism of the navy uniforms and of the people of Samoa. Bloody Mary, Liat and Emile bring color and life to a drab and khaki island.

 

Photo Credit: Daniel Hobbs