by Shelbie Condie
This past weekend Folsom Lake College’s production of Rhinoceros finished its final show. This three-act play by Eugene Ionesco is an Absurdist dark comedy, set in 1960 France. Rhinoceros explores the themes of conformity, and deciphering what makes one an unique individual. The concept of identity is presented through an enthralling transformation of the characters becoming rhinoceroses.
The set design was absolutely incredible. The stage was raked, which means it’s at an angle and gives the audience a perspective of actors being higher up than actors who are closer to the crowd. (Originally this idea of a raked stage gave way to the terms actors use today of “upstage” and “downstage”). The backdrop included rusty shutters painted in various pastel colors that were controlled by a fly system, otherwise known as rigging. To portray the vast amount of rhinoceros figures light fixtures used gobos, which are screens in front of a spotlight that projects a shape. The actors also used props of wired figurines to show the beasts on ground, and of course, sound amplified the atmosphere of a stampede. A special congratulations for a fantastic view goes to the scenic construction, painting, welding, and rigging crew, who happen to be the talented Theatre Arts students of Stagecraft 420, Technical Theatre 424, and Stagehand 426.
The Falcon’s Eye Theatre did a phenomenal presentation of Ionesco’s classic piece. One can only imagine how the spring production ofThe Who’s Tommy will go! For further information about this play, or upcoming shows, feel free to visit the website:http://www.falconseyetheatre.com/.
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