Meet the Team of Blithe Spirit – David Schuster, Lighting Designer

306072_10152282758155591_58789992_nWhat is your role on this production? I am the lighting designer, so I interpret the script, and make artistic decisions about how to light the set and actors.

Why did you come out for Blithe Spirit? I don’t tend to design a lot of dramas, and have for the most part done primarily big musicals. But when Curtis asked me to design the lighting for this show, I was immediately drawn to the outrageous paranormal aspect of the script.

What is your background in Theatre? I am a graduate of the Theatre Production program at Red Deer College. For several years I was the theatre technician and resident lighting designer at Horizon Stage in Spruce Grove. I have designed for several musicals (from High School Musical to Beauty and the Beast to Aida), as well as for concerts (from Ian Tyson to Jim Byrnes to Michael Burgess and Rebecca Cain).

Blithe Spirit involves ghost and psychics, got any good ghost stories? I have not seen any ghosts or paranormal activity, but I won’t discount the possibility that they exist. There are so many things about the world we live in that we don’t yet understand.

What do you enjoy most about doing a Noel Coward play?  It’s a very wordy play, and I love words. You have to be really careful with a script like this. You could make the lights flash and do crazy things when the ghosts are running rampant, but that’s not really what makes this production. It’s all about the words. Though there are some fun effects in the show, they really work to serve the script first.

What are you looking forward to the most about this production? I really love that moment when all the elements come together. After watching several rehearsals with the actors in their street clothes, it’s fun to see their characters in full costumes, with hair and make-up.

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