Summer in Chautauqua is filled with sunlight — with an occasional splash of rain. The sound of the fountain in Bestor Plaza and kids ringing their bike bells as they whiz down the street harkens memories of days on the grounds.
Sounds and light conjure specific memories, and on the theater stage, designers subtly manipulate sound and light to create a certain mood, atmosphere or attitude. The way the light and sound changes alters how audiences perceive a scene or character.
“The design elements are supporters of the play,” said Yi-Chung Chen, the lighting fellow for Chautauqua Theater Company. “We are stewards.”
Chen is one of five fellows at CTC, and the four design fellows assist the professional designers on the three major productions and then design the New Play Workshop’s Signature Staged Readings themselves.