The Grand Design Fully Staged Version Production Requirements
Stage
The Grand Design requires a stage with a large projection screen. This screen is behind the actors and musicians. Projected images add a visual component important to the show.
The set has a four foot high platform across the back with ramps and/or stairs coming down SR and SL. The musicians are in front of the platform.

Projector
The Grand Design uses projected images to create scene changes and to illustrate some parts of the show. A digital projector of at least 2500 lumens and horizontal keystone correction will be required. The optimum front location for the projector, to minimize shadows on the screen, would be 20° from center stage.
If the stage has the necessary depth, back projected images simplify the blocking and light plan.
The larger the projection screen, the greater the required lumens.

Lighting
The lighting plan must be capable of creating defined spaces and effects. Because of the projection screen, lighting must be subtle to avoid washing out the images.

Sound
Wireless mics for the actors may be necessary so that they can be heard over the music, which plays throughout.

The Cast


Note: several of the passengers from Act 1 can be recast as Indian dancers or villagers in Act 2.

Costumes
Cyrus is in modern attire of a folklorist or professor.
Indians are in 18th century trade coats, shirts and buckskins.
Sailors are in 18th century slops.
Immigrants are garbed in 18th European century middle class clothing. After scene 6 the clothing of the women gradually becomes tattered, which may be simulated by adding ragged cloaks.
Villagers are garbed as 18th century American farmers and frontiersmen.

Props
Isabel - a baby doll wrapped in a shawl
Passengers - bundles, satchels
Sailors - tankards, knives
Captain - spyglass
Alex - Bible, wallet
Death - a black or silver lace shroud
Indians - canoe paddles

What we bring
We will supply scripts, vocal scores and practice CDs in advance. A conceptual set design and conceptual lighting design can also be supplied, to be adjusted to your theater. We can also send our projectionist/technician for consultation during set design or construction on a per diam.

For the performance we will bring the musicians, a Native American storyteller/singer, digital projections and projectionist. We will plan on at least one rehearsal with the actors.
What will it cost?
The exact cost depends on many factors - the number of performances, the size of the theater and so forth. Please contact us to discuss your needs.












The Grand Design Concert Version Requirements
Stage
The stage must have a large projection screen center stage and be wide enough to have stations for the speakers SL and musicians SR. The screen should be at least 14 feet wide.
Cyrus needs a podium or lectern, Isabel, Sarah, and Alex will need chairs. If there is enough space they could also have small tables for the scripts. The musicians will need 4 or 5 chairs.

Projector
A digital projector is required for this show. The lumens must be in proportion to the size of the screen. Generally 2000 lumens will be the minimum power required.

Lighting
Lighting can be very simple, area spots for the speakers and the musicians. There is some action and dancing center stage which will also need to be lit.

Sound
All of the speakers will need to be amplified. Wireless mics are preferred for all except Cyrus, who can have a mic mounted on the lectern.

The cast
Cyrus - modern historian (40-60) speaking role
Isabel - a young woman (19) must sing
Sarah - a young woman (19) singing desirable but optional
Alex - male (30-60) should sing
Captain Rowan - male (30-45) should sing
Archibald - male (18-25) must sing
Death - male or female, any age, non-speaking role
Passengers - four-eight, various ages, male and female
Sailors - at least three, various ages - one brief dialog scene
Indian dancers - at least three - any age, males preferred

Note: some of the passengers from Act 1 can be recast as Indian dancers or villagers in Act 2.

Costumes
The costumes need not be elaborate. Shawls and long skirts for the women, waistcoats and colonial shirts for the men would be sufficient. The Indians can wear leggings and decorated ponchos or capes. Cyrus is in modern attire of a folklorist or professor.

Props
Isabel - a baby doll wrapped in a shawl
Passengers - bundles, satchels
Sailors - tankards, knives
Captain - spyglass
Alex - Bible, wallet
Death - a black or silver lace shroud
Indians - canoe paddles

What we bring
We will supply scripts, vocal scores and practice CDs in advance. We will plan on at least one rehearsal with the readers.

For the performance we will bring the musicians, a Native American storyteller/singer, digital projections and projectionist.
If there is difficulty casting Captain Rowan or Archibald, we can cover their songs also.
We have some costume accessories that can give an 18th century ambience to the show if finding costumes is a problem.
What will it cost?
The concert version of The Grand Design is $2000-$2500 per performance plus travel and accommodation for seven people.














The Grand Design Readers Theater Version Requirements
Stage
This version of The Grand Design can be done in almost any space. A large projection screen will be required, in proportion to the size of the room. Cyrus should have a podium or lectern. Isabel, Sarah, and Alex will need chairs. If there is enough space they could also have small tables for the scripts. The musicians will need 2 chairs.

Projector
A digital projector is required for this program

Sound
Microphones for the speakers might be required, depending on the size of the hall.

Lighting
Stage lighting is not required for this version.

The cast
Cyrus - modern historian
Isabel - female
Sarah - female
Alex - male
(optional)Archibald - male (18-35) must sing

Costumes
Shawls and long skirts for the women, Alex and Archibald can wear colonial shirts and waistcoats. Cyrus is in modern attire, such as a tweed coat and chamois shirt.

Props
Isabel - baby doll wrapped in a shawl

What we bring
We will supply scripts, in advance.

For the performance we will bring two musicians, digital projections and projectionist. We will play a reduced score and also cover the songs.
If Archibald cannot be cast we will cover his song as well.
What will it cost?
The readers theater version of The Grand Design is $800 per performance plus travel and accommodation for three people.































The Grand Design Production License
If you would like to license The Grand Design for a production using your own theater company and musicians, please contact us about licensing fees, script and score rental, and imagery rental.


































































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