Mass ~ by Leonard Bernstein
A Theatre Piece for Singers, Players, and Dancers
Eisenhower Auditorium, Pennsylvania State University College of Arts & Architecture 50th Anniversary Celebration ~ School of Theatre/Opera Theatre 2013
Directed by Ted Christopher & Matt Toronto
Spence Ford ~ Choreographer
Brie Vicek ~ Scenic Designer
Lindsey Eastman, Sara Tomaszewski & Tess Mattraw~ Costume Designers
Becky Heisler ~ Lighting Designer
Performance in action
Gerardo Edelstein ~ Music Director
Video and Audio Production Courtesy of Eric Rouse & the Penn State School of Theatre
Music by Leonard Bernstein
The concept for this show was to bring a sense of modernity to a classic piece while confronting the audience with the cacophony of conflict and political/religious turmoil of the 21st Century. Over the course of a year, this show was designed, evolved and finally found its home onstage with over 300 performers at the base of the tree of life. The tree was fully automated to break apart as "Things Get Broken."
Automation in action
Tech on the shattering tree window (view from behind). Video courtesy of Eric Rouse (Technical Director).