The theater, the theater, what happened to the theater? I wish that for at least one day, my life would be like a Broadway musical. I know that I already expressed this wish in a previous post, but I have renewed the idea because I have found the perfect staging scene: The Hallene Gateway Plaza. It's this great landscaped area on the edge of campus by the alumni center. Follow me on a quick sketch of my vision:
So this is the proper entrance for the Plaza:
Speaking of architecture, here is the building, the Alica Campbell Alumni Center, behind the arch. Notice the great second story balcony; perfect for dramatic scenes or dimensionality.
This shot was taken from the Alumni Center's patio. The fountain is a nice touch right?
Here's a panoramic shot of the fountain with the Alumni Center in the back. Notice the nice short, wide stairs in the background that would be great for a dance routine.
Okay, did you notice the nice curve of the fountain/planter rim? It's really wide and flat, so another great spot for dancers. There is also a secondary ledge around the outside, so even more stage area!
There are even picnic tables ... Think High School Musical "Status Quo"number.
Now, I realize that my dream will most likely never come true, but I have the set and am on the lookout for the signs that a big song-and-dance showstopper is about to occur.
1. The clothing of people around you is all in the same color scheme or similar in some way. The people also have to be diverse: ethnically, professionally, and physically. It's a sure sign that the chorus has gathered and is about to let it rip.
2. The people around you start walking or moving in formations. I'm talking about dance formations, with people equal distances from each other, or an attempt to look randomly placed but they leave enough of a personal bubble that it's not quite normal.
3. This is possibly the most obvious sign: music begins to blare over hidden speakers and everyone knows the song, even if you have never heard it before. This phenomenon is explored in Disney's Enchanted.
4. If you haven't caught on after those signs, meaning you are incredibly dense, when everyone around you begins to dance and you have the uncontrollable urge to join in, you are there.
The marching band that arrives for some unexplained reason I'm sure that the Marching Illini would help me out.
The fountain (a la Sound of Music) How great is the Hallene Fountain?
An open space where lots of choreography can happen Notice the patio, the broad walkways, and the grassy spots
Here's another example that meets all the above requirements.
Another fun example is Michael Buble's "Haven't Met You Yet" music video. I LOVE that song!