Grease: Going Beyond the Script

Going Beyond the Script Grease Backdrops and Scenery Perspectives Written by: Melanie Simmons If there’s any American musical that needs no introduction, it’s Grease! Written in 1971 by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, Grease came about as an ode to 1950’s nostalgia and the everlasting lure of youth and teenage drama. Despite its glossy veneer, Grease commands…

Mary Poppins: Going Beyond the Script

Going Beyond the Script Mary Poppins Backdrops and Scenery Perspectives written by: Melanie Simmons There are a lot of great musicals, but there’s only one can be called supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!  After years of popularity as a long-time classic film, Mary Poppins finally got its theatrical turn in 2004. The musical was produced by Walt Disney Theatrical and directed by Richard Eyre. Matthew Bourne co-directed…

Shrek: Going Beyond the Script

Going Beyond the Script SHREK: THE MUSICAL Backdrops and Scenery Perspectives written by: Melanie Simmons In an age of lovable antiheroes and self-saving warrior princesses, there is no story quite like Shrek. Shrek originally burst onto movie screens 2001 as a Dreamworks animated feature. This off-kilter story, featuring a repulsive ogre as the main protagonist and…

The Little Mermaid: Going Beyond the Script

Going Beyond the Script THE LITTLE MERMAID Backdrops and Scenery Perspectives written by: Melanie Simmons Princes, mermaids, love at first sight, magical spells… who doesn’t want to be part of that world? Fortunately, Disney’s The Little Mermaid has all of that and more. The movie was hailed as the first successful Disney-MGM animated feature film after…

The Lion King: Going Beyond the Script

Going Beyond the Script THE LION KING Backdrops and Scenery Perspectives written by: Melanie Simmons “Nants ingonyama bagithi baba!” There is nothing quite like the opening call of Disney’s The Lion King. One of the first original stories produced by Disney after decades of creating twists on classic fairy tales, The Lion King is a coming-of-age…

Alice in Wonderland: Going Beyond the Script

Going Beyond the Script Alice in Wonderland Backdrops and Scenery Perspectives written by: Melanie Simmons Lewis Carroll’s classic story of Alice and her reality-warping journey down the rabbit hole is a childhood mainstay. Nearly everyone is familiar with the Cheshire Cat, the Queen of Hearts, and the eponymous Alice herself. Carroll’s story has been frequently re-imagined…