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As Brunswick Little Theatre gets ready to launch its next production, it’s getting a little help from its art friends at West Brunswick High School.
Students in visual arts teacher Kathy Peck’s class are helping with scenic design for BLT’s upcoming performances of “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change,” an adult musical comedy revue to be presented Feb. 21-23 and March 1-2 at the Brunswick Center at Southport.
Jeffrey Stites, BLT’s new president and publicist, said the students will make computer designs for the overhead projector to create a wash of colors and designs — a border, actually — for the back wall of the stage for each scene, Stites said.
The collaboration between BLT and Peck and her senior art students is one of the most exciting parts of the production, director Sue MacCallum said.
What evolved is students will be making 16 different digital border designs for each scene in the show.
“They will also create a stunning film clip for the opening of Act I,” she said.
Like the production, the border designs each have a separate theme intended to give the audience a feel for various scene locations. “For example, one student is creating an image of a Starbucks sign to indicate that a scene takes place on a sidewalk,” MacCallum said. “Another student may create a faded wallpaper border above a plate rail to give the feel of an old-fashioned dining room.
“We hope this project is as rewarding for the students as it is for Brunswick Little Theatre cast and crew members,” she said. “A major objective of BLT and its board of directors is to encourage and train young people in theater performance.”
“I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” premiered Off-Broadway in New York in August 1996 and continued through July 2008 with 5,003 performances.
It is presented as a series of vignettes linked with a central theme about love and tug-of-war relationships. Its tagline is “Everything you have ever secretly thought about dating, romance, marriage, lovers, husbands, wives and in-laws but were afraid to admit.”
The razor-sharp scenes are independent, yet progress to suggest a relationship arc in the course of a life.
Act I takes a satiric look at singlehood, first and blind dates, break-ups, new partners, an engagement and wedding.
Act II is described as a joy ride through marriage, family, divorce, remarriage, grandparenthood and “new romance in a funeral home.”
Show times are 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21 and 22 and March 1 and 3 p.m. Feb. 23 and March 2.
Brunswick Center at Southport is at 1513-1 N. Howe St. behind the Wingate Inn in Southport.
Tickets, $17 adults and $12 students (with ID), will be available at the door and online at brunswicklittletheatre.com.
Laura Lewis is a staff writer for the Beacon. Reach her at 754-6890 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.