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Mise-en-Scène - By Jesse Bratter
" We are all infl uenced
by what we see. "
- CHARLES PAVARINI III
Pavarini's favorite set he ever designed? " My Fair Lady. The
musical has many scenes, and the major set was the library
of Professor Higgins. It is an interior set with multiple levels.
I approached the set as an interior designer knowing it would
be viewed with one wall missing, " he remembers, adding that
" working on a stage with a proscenium is challenging. You
have to constantly ask yourself, 'What is the audience going to
see, and how is the set interfacing with the script and moving
the story along?' "
In the end, Pavarini says, " We are all infl uenced by what
we see-whether it is a movie, TV, live show, or just walking
down a street. We retain how it made us feel. If something makes
us feel good, we want to relive the feeling in our own interiors.
All of this is about how we manage our innermost emotions.
Television and movies allow us the insight into another's life, and
often we want that for ourselves. "
A strong set design, according to
Charles Pavarini III, offers insight
into the economic level of the play, it's
characters, and the story itself. Shown
here is his work on the set for Carousel.
(Image: Courtesy of Pavarini Design)
JESSE BRATTER
is a freelance writer, editor, and stylist based in
South Florida. She is the co-founder of
In The Pursuit and STORY magazine, and
contributes to ADPro, Clever, Domino,
Hospitality Design, and Art Basel Magazine.
Formerly, she was an editor for Luxe Interiors +
Design and Florida Design Magazine.
Setting the scene for the making
of a lady in the stage play My Fair
Lady. Pavarini's favorite set he
has designed, it featured multiple
levels and included the library of
Professor Higgins.
(Image: Courtesy of Pavarini Design)
Pavarini learned the importance of
lighting to properly set a scene early
on in his theater experience. Shown
here is a scene from his set design
for West Side Story.
(Image: Courtesy of Pavarini Design)
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