Lend Me a Tenor
University of Alabama
Design Brief: A formal hotel suit with art deco influences. Along with encompassing the glitz and glamour of art deco, the set also needed to play on the masculinity of opera star Tito Morelli, Othello, and the sweat Max, who lacks stereotypical masculinity compared to the Tito playing Othello he dresses up to be.
Influences: Main influence came from the hotel and mob office suits from the HBO show Boardwalk Empire. Dark wood, with polished gold trim gave a feel of wealth and
masculinity to the room.
Doors & Masking. As the plot progresses many of the doors were left open. Attention to the set behind these doors was crucial to the design of a hotel.
Wall details: The living room wallpaper was a custom designed and cutout stencil. In the corners of the upper paneling, shell appliques were added. To make enough, a wooden applique was purchased and used to create a mold. Smooth On Smooth Cast 3000, a 2 part casting system, was used to create over 50 small shells.
Center breakaway wall: Standard to many Lend Me a Tenor productions, there needed to be a half wall to split the living room and bedroom. The shape was heavily influenced from the research image of a circle archway in a 1925 hotel.
Director: Jeff Tangeman
Technical Director: Randy deCelle
Lighting Designer: Brandon R. Smith
Costume Designer: Alex Kosbab