The Magic Flute

This stunning set by designer Nadya Geras-Carson offers a fresh and illuminating way of seeing Mozart’s timeless classic. The scrims can be arranged in an amazing variety of ways to convey every nuance of the story, with many subtle and sophisticated touches. Yet, the set is easy to transport, making it especially attractive as a rental option for other companies.

“Geras-Carson’s vision of the Mozart opera plays heavily on the heroic journey of its protagonist, Tamino, who is challenged by a series of ordeals, from a snake he encounters in the first scene to his trials by fire and water.”

“The natural world — a romantic jungle straight from the eye of French romantic painter Henri Rousseau — will literally frame the stage in a lush faux proscenium arch.  Behind that will hang a series of eight scrims, or semi-transparent curtains, also painted like the jungle.”

“ ‘That set is spectacular, isn’t it? Everybody from the get-go was charmed and taken in by her vision and brought into that world she has created,’ [Mark Beudert, Eugene Opera General Manager] said.”

— Bob Keefer (The Register-Guard, August 9, 2007)

Images and set rental information are below. For more information, contact us.

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Photography by Cliff Coles

The jungle scrims seen here are in their closed position. During the first act these scrims move back and forth, in a theatrical slight of hand, revealing performers and pieces of the more ridged temple structure behind it.
The jungle scrims seen here are in their closed position. During the first act these scrims move back and forth, in a theatrical sleight of hand, revealing performers and pieces of the more rigid temple structure behind it.
Here, the jungle scrims part to reveal the Queen of the Night standing on an 11 foot platform, her head is at the center of the central icon of the stage set, a huge 'sun' emblem.
Here, the jungle scrims part to reveal the Queen of the Night standing on an 11 foot platform. Her head is at the center of the central icon of the stage set, a huge ‘sun’ emblem.
Here, "The Speaker" is revealed standing on the 4 foot platform. When he is done the jungle swallows him up again.
Here, “The Speaker” is revealed standing on the 4 foot platform. When he is done the jungle swallows him up again.
Jungle scrims as seen on stage (black border in above picture obscures full height of painted scrim). Photo by Cliff Coles Theatrical Production Photography
Jungle scrims as seen on stage (black border in above picture obscures full height of painted scrim).
The Queen of the Night descends the darkened temple platform. Photo by Cliff Coles Theatrical Production Photography
The Queen of the Night descends
the darkened temple platform.
Pamina sings on the temple set. Doors representing each of the three challenges descend onto the platforms throughout the second act. Photo by Cliff Coles Theatrical Production Photography
Pamina sings on the temple set. Doors representing each of the three challenges descend onto the platforms
throughout the second act.
Sorastro in front of the Door of Temptation. Photo by Cliff Coles Theatrical Production Photography
Sorastro in front of the Door of Temptation.
Light hits the copper on the platform spires with Papageno & Papagena. Photo by Cliff Coles Theatrical Production Photography
Light hits the copper on the platform spires
with Papageno and Papagena.
All "trial doors" on stage. Photo by Cliff Coles Theatrical Production Photography
All “trial doors” on stage
The chorus on and around the temple platforms. Photo by Cliff Coles Theatrical Production Photography
The chorus on and around the temple platforms

 

The platform structure behind the scrims is purposefully simple and ridged, to contrast the more organic quality of the jungle overlaid on it. Below diagram depicts the temple platform and its relationship to the jungle proscenium and side scrims.
The platform structure behind the scrims is purposefully simple and ridged, to contrast with the more organic quality of the jungle overlaid on it.

 

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The temple platform and its relationship to the jungle proscenium and side scrims

 

Rough dimensions for set proscenium and platform
Rough dimensions for set proscenium and platform

 

Set Rental Information


 

FEES
Set Rental Fee (up to three [3] performances) $10,000
Additional Performances (each) $1,500
Security Deposit (refundable upon return of scenery) $2,000
Designer Royalty (payable to designer) $1,000
Technical Supervisor (per diem) $45
Technical Supervisor (housing and travel) varies by job
Load In/Load Out (paid upon load in) $1,800
Insurance Required $500,000

 

PRODUCTION INFORMATION
Set Designer Nadya Geras-Carson
Technical Director Alex Fontain
Year Built 2007
Built by Alex Fontain
Costume Designer Mary L. Mikkelsen
Stage Director Mark Beudert
Conductor Nicholas Carthy
Stage Manager Shelly Hubbard

 

TRANSPORTATION
Number of Trucks One 40’ truck

 

CREW REQUIREMENTS
LOAD IN/LOAD OUT (8 hours) 1 Carp
1 Loader
8 Grips
SHOW 1 Carp
2 Flymen

 

ORIGINAL THEATRE INFORMATION
In Eugene, the production was presented at the Hult Center for the Performing Arts.
Wall to wall width 125’ Depth of apron 10’
Width within stagehouse 100’ Depth (PL to back wall): 45’
Wing width SR 20’ Depth (PL to last line) 45’
Wing width SL 20’ Height of grid 71’
# of linesets 75 Height of proscenium 35’
Size of loading door 12’ x 16.5’ Width of proscenium 58’

 

SET TECHNICAL INFORMATION
Minimum width 100’
Minimum depth 45’
Total # of line sets 93
Height of tallest drop no drops
Flying pieces 12’ x 32’ scrims (8)
Weight of heaviest flyer 300 lb.
Largest flying piece Doors (3)
Largest soft piece Proscenium frame
Largest standing piece Biggest door

 

PROPERTIES INFORMATION
Availability Not available

 

COSTUMES
Owner Eugene Opera
Availability Not available

 

PROJECTIONS/SPECIAL EFFECTS
Supertitles Not available
Special projections None

 

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