No Small Parts: The Role of Scale Models in Theater Set Design Opens at The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures on September 18, 2012

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The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures in Tucson, Arizona will open a new temporary exhibit; No Small Parts: The Role of Scale Models in Theater Set Design on Tuesday, September 18, 2012. This exhibit brings together more than a dozen models created by local scene designers for local theaters, showcasing the application of miniatures in theatrical productions. The exhibit will be open through Sunday, November 11, 2012.

To be tasked with representing fearsome forces of nature or conveying deeply wrought emotions with little more than light and a few well placed scenic elements are creative challenges that can best be reworked and resolved in miniature.

No Small Parts features the works of talented local scene designers whose masterful maquettes were created for productions by Arizona Opera, the University of Arizona School of Music’s Opera Theater, the University of Arizona School of Theater, Film and Television and Arizona Theater Company.

A scene designer must interpret the script under the guidance of the director and define that world as it will appear on the stage. “To be tasked with representing fearsome forces of nature or conveying deeply wrought emotions with little more than light and a few well placed scenic elements are creative challenges that can best be reworked and resolved in miniature.” says The Mini Time Machine Museum Executive Director, Nina Daldrup. This exhibit will allow the viewer a glimpse of the artistic problem solving that happens behind the scenes.

In addition to full-color scale models, this exhibit will also include the designer’s scale drawings, white models and theatrical production photographs, illustrating the progressive phases of set design and the final outcome of the process in full scale on the stage. The work of scene designers Sally Day and Clare Rowe will be featured, among others.

Artists Biographies:

Sally Day is a freelance scene designer based in Tucson. Productions include Arizona Opera’s 2004 production of Il Tabarro / I Pagliacci and 2012 production of Cavalleria Rusticana / I Pagliacci. Ms. Day has designed nearly a dozen presentations for the U of A’s School of Music Opera Department. Other companies she has designed for include: Arizona Repertory Theatre Company, Borderlands Theatre, Bloodhut Theatre, Southwestern Ballet Company Dance Festival, New Articulations Dance Company (as Lighting Designer), a.k.a. theatre and Pima Community College. Ms. Day has trained outside of Tucson as both a scenic artist and design assistant at the Illinois Shakespeare Festival in Bloomington, Illinois.

Clare Rowe has worked professionally as a scene designer and painter for over 25 years. Rowe is an Associate Professor at the University of Arizona School of Theater, Film and Television. She teaches scenic painting, theatre graphics and scene design and supervises scenic production in properties and paints for all department productions.

About The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures:

Located in Tucson, Arizona, The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures is a nonprofit organization with the mission of sharing the artistic, historic, architectural and creative aspects of miniatures in an entertaining and interactive way. Since opening in September of 2009, the museum has welcomed more than 110,000 visitors. For more information about the museum and this exhibit, please visit http://www.theminitimemachine.org or call 520-881-0606. Photos available upon request.

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