Lend Me a Tenor


Scenic Designer

University of Alabama

Marian Galloway 

Fall 2014


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.


Production Team


Director: Jeff Tangeman

Technical Director: Randy deCelle

Lighting Designer: Brandon R. Smith

Costume Designer: Alex Kosbab



Living room
Breakaway wall
Bedroom closet details
Hallway detail
Breakaway wall curve
Curved wall paint elevation
Research image of curved wall
Floral applique details
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