Comedy of Errors

by William Shakespeare directed by Melissa Chalsma
designed for Little Theater, Cal State Northridge opened: February 26, 2010

Opening Movie

Opening Movie Download Link

This movie played at the top of the show to get the audience into the concept for our production. I put the final touches on the movie by aging the video content, and adding the voice over and underscoring.

Music

I composed all the interstitial music for the longer scene changes in the production to build a progression into the changing mood of the play as the scenes evolved. It's been my intent to break from my old standby of pulling music, and this production was my first step in this direction for a full production. It was incredibly rewarding: Melissa Chalsma was careful to stage all the transitions, so the cast interacted with the music I wrote as they reset the stage for each scene. The end result was a very smooth-flowing production.

Comedy of Errors by Josh Senick

Paperwork

Sound Cue Sheet (PDF - 44k)
Sound System Block Diagram (PDF - 24k)

Design Concept

My overall goal with the sound design was to find a way to tow the line between cinematic and theatrical experiences. While scenes weren't underscored, all transitions were carefully considered. In I.1 when Aegeon tells the backstory of how he lost his twin sons in a shipwreck, the lights and sound created the shipwreck around him, complete with the echoing cries of his babes in the storm. Near the end of the play, I underscored a fight that broke out in a rush to the abbey with a recut version of Chariots of Fire (at the cast's suggestion) played by the Boston Pops to keep within the instrumental style of the music thus far. And as the abbey doors open, I played a cut down version of the Flower Duet from Lakmé.

The reason I chose to go with this style of design was due to the target audience of this show. Unlike previous productions I had designed at CSUN, this production was to be shown to high school students over the course of several more weeks. I firmly believe that Shakespeare can be accessible to any audience if enough modern cues are included, and it was my goal with the sound design to assist the cast in bridging the gap to the high school students.