Guess what our spring musical is going to be??
I’m thinking that this will be a good roughed-out version of our cover. But I want to experiment more — I don’t like how Sandy’s nose vanishes into Daddy Warbucks’s tuxedo, or how Sandy and Annie’s lack of color plays against the background. Either I need to develop some buildings (a la “NYC” or the Warbucks mansion in the background) or I need to do something to make Annie and Sandy stand out from the background somehow. More contrast, in other words. Since I can’t use color (this is for the program, as well as for the t-shirts for the cast), I’m going to have to get quite creative. Somehow I have to put the logo of our drama club in there, too, along with the dates for the event. Lots of things to change….
The designer and the visual artist in me is really pleased. After four years of practice, I can produce a passable first-draft copy of an iconic picture in American art and theater and “literature”, and the three characters are recognizable. The lettering is off, but lettering is my weakest area — and this is a first draft, in any case. There’s one little bugaboo in the upper part of Daddy Warbucks’ eye that makes me think he’s pretending to be innocent while rolling his eyes at the ceiling, which sends shivers down my spine… because I’ve read Gordon’s take on the Jimmy Savile and Jersey scandal…. and of course, Annie:The Musical! is not that story.
At the same time, though, the teacher in me is really kind of displeased. This is a bit of graphic design at school that kids should be doing. However, judging from some of the recent artwork on the covers of our programs, it’s work that either kids don’t want to do, or don’t want to do well. If a kid doesn’t want to do it, that’s one thing. If a kid doesn’t know how to do it, that’s another. Both are challenges to the program I’m supposed to be running — and it means that I have to find a way to build our graphic-design program post-haste, or create an after-school studio in graphic design, or something. But schools should be able to produce this stuff in-house, based on the skillset that teachers inculcate into students. The fact that I don’t know of any students in our little school who can do this is mildly upsetting to me. The fact that ‘m the one who’s supposed to train them to do this is alarming? Why me?
Apparently, because I can do it myself.