St.Vincent-St.Mary High School

I was contracted to create the play/musical posters for: Hello Dolly, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Guys and Dolls.

I also photographed the productions, created the programs, tickets, stage posters, and help paint stage signs.  

Hello Dolly

Theme and Visual References:

After researching the musical, I didn't want to use the exact same look many others used for their poster. Most had a bright red background with a woman in a wild hat, or holding a cane, or with arms out-streached singing. To honor the historical look, yet bring something new, I choose to use a silhouette of a woman with a blue background (since the school's costumer choose to clothe Dolly in a blue dress). Also, I decided to reference the main idea of Dolly's character and her "meddling" ways in the love-life of others. I conveyed this idea by drawing her hand out-stretched "meddling" with the letters "D" and "O" of the title (which also subtly references the "I Do" in marriage vows. Then I modified the "O" to look like a wedding ring as well.

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Theme and Visual References:

The Director set this particular play in a winter scene and so I choose to reflect a cold feeling with a gradient of ice cold blue fading into white. A symbolic reference repeated throughout the play is the moon, which is also seen in the gradient's curvature. Other symbolism referenced, is the conflict between love & reason, and natural order & disorder (seen in the a-symmetrical balanced composition of text and sharp linear lines juxtaposed over the softness of the moon halo). The love struggle and interweaving between the 4 main characters is also shown in the overlaping of these elements, and the haphazardly lines moving from one point to another. I choose 2 thematic lines from the play "The course of true love never did run smooth" and "Are you sure that we are awake, seems to me that yet we sleep, we dream" — both these phrases overlap and fade in and out of each other as they run off the page, reflecting again the main theme. Lastly, Puck drips a "love flower's" juice into the eyes of Lysander to fix the love entanglement occurring between the main characters, so I added a flower dripping it's "magical touch" and illuminating the title.

Guys and Dolls

Theme and Visual References:

This musical is set in New York in the 1940's, so I choose a typeface that represented the times. The colors of gold and black give the feeling of luxury, money and gambling which is a dominant theme of the show. The linear lines create a subtle "bowtie" that some of the gamblers wear as well. Rolling dice, a woman's legs, and the buildings of New York overlap on a diagonal axis that creates movement and intrigue and reflects the feeling of the show. 

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