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The 1940s Radio Hour- Scenic Design by R. Finkelstein - Produced at The University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music (two views shown here). Lighting was by Peggy Eisenhauer with Direction by Paula Kalustian

1940s Radio Hour (scenery design)

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This production was produced by the College Conservatory of Music at The University of Cincinnati. CCM has a tradition of producing large-scale, musical theatre and opera productions. The production incorporated the work of a number of guest artists including director, Paula Kalustian and lighting designer Peggy Eisenhauer. Later that year, Ms. Eisenhauer shared a Tony award with Jules Fisher for their design on Broadway of Grand Hotel. While the script calls for a small musical ensemble, CCM insisted that the set provide space for their entire nationally recognized 17 piece jazz band.

Description:

The set provides for the seven simultaneous playing spaces called for in the script: The prime performance area, band area, control room, producerís office, green room, backstage door/security area, and sound effects area. In elevating the control room, additional playing spaces were provided in the form of a connecting catwalk and shipís ladder. The backstage/door area includes a stairway which indicates a path to dressing rooms above. A light-reactive show portal frames in the action. The portal can light up in multiple colors, while glitter-clad letters spell out the name of the holiday show. Lighting is integrated into the set as well as practical "applause" and "on the air" signs. The architecture of the space continues above the acting area to suggest the outside of the building, natural lighting via a skylight during the day, as well as the world beyond (through simulated neon signs). The entire set is designed, and built in perspective. While the environments are unified by shape and form, the surface treatment is unique in each area. For instance, in floor treatment, the performance space has a pink and gray period tile pattern, while the greenroom has a green and yellow-green pattern. The offices have wood slat floors and the band area floors are gray concrete. The walls of the backstage area are brick, while the walls in the band area are period acoustic tile. Period set dressing and furniture props complete the picture