Itís been a while since I designed a show for a high school production, so when
director Jeff Lockshine asked me to design his show Ė reminding me that Iíve
done every show he has ever directed Ė I said Iíd do it. Little did I know this
simple high school production would turn out being one of the most challenging
shows Iíve worked on.
David & Lisa by James Reach was originally written for the screen and
then adapted to the stage. ďIt retells, by use of the most modern stage
techniques, the strange, appealing and utterly fascinating story of two
mentally-disturbed adolescents: David, only son of wealthy parents,
over-protected by a dominating mother, who is tortured by his mania against
being touched; and Lisa, the waif who has never known parental love, who has
developed a split personality and is in effect two different girls, one of whom
will speak only in childish rhymes and insists upon being spoken to in the same
Designing The Show
I discovered recently a very cool software package by
Sonic Foundry called Acid . I know itís been out there a while,
but I really didnít see what I could use it for. It was pure coincidence that I
picked up Acid prior to David & Lisa and started to play with
creating some pretty cool compositions. This gave me the ability to create
short snippets required for the scene changes and to set the mode of the play.
After a solid week of design, rehearsal, and tweaking, the show had a total of
88 sound cues loaded into SFX for playback.