Some tips and tricks to help you "fly" your characters in Peter Pan the Musical.
Here are some more straightforward suggestions all of which have come from successful past productions – we hope they help you:
● Place the characters on stage risers, flood the stage with dry ice and create the illusion of movement with a spot-lit mirror ball leaving the music to do the rest.
● Create some life-size silhouette puppets which can be held up against a London skyline.
● Get your characters to use scooters on stage in amongst lots of dry ice / fog.
● Use UV light on a totally darkened stage – only the fluorescent costumes of Peter and the children are picked up and glow as they are carried across the stage by figures dressed in black.
● A black star cloth on an empty UV-lit stage stage can create the illusion of the characters suspended in mid-air against the night sky.
● Simply blow some fog onto the stage and use rotating gobos in moving lights to create a cloud-like sky for your characters to “fly” over.
● Employ a couple of see-saws between the nursery beds (with one end of the beam controlled by crew members from behind a black cloth). Use a spotlight to light the characters just from the knees up. Even though the characters only rise a few feet the effect on the audience can be delightfully deceptive.
● Place the characters on a black staircase in black out and spotlight them with a projector behind showing moving images of the London skyline.
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