Lexington Children's Theatre scenic designer Kiersten Moore (front left), technical director Russell Mendez, technical director Adam Spencer and costume designer Lindsay Schmeling on the set of Honk!, which plays July 31 through Aug. 3. Photo by David Perry | LexGo.com.
This story is slated to run in Friday's Weekender section, but since Honk! opens Thursday night, we're sharing it a little early:
Sitting in the midst of their latest creation, the technical directors for Lexington Children’s Theatre talk about the fun, playful shapes and colors of their mod set for the musical Honk!
That doesn’t mean the show’s director, Jeremy Kisling, didn’t get a few puzzled looks when he told the staff about his hip, 1960s vision for the show, which is based on the story of the ugly duckling.
“It took a little convincing on my part,” Kisling says. “They were like, ‘’60s? Ducks?’”
Kisling took the offbeat approach to the show because he “didn’t want it to look like Charlotte’s Web. It’s often done with these earth tones and overalls and chicken feet.”
This production of the family musical will look more like something out of Austin Powers.
“Jeremy brought the ’60s flower patterns and the flowers in the pond,” says scenic designer Kiersten Moore. “He talked about the patterns and colors being happy.”
It might have been a different approach, but technical director Russell Mendez says it’s helpful when a show director comes in with a definite vision.
“It gives everyone a jumping-off point,” Mendez says.
And jump, they did.