A production of the musical “Titanic” is setting sail close to Atlanta, however there’s an enormous twist. For the primary time in historical past, the production is being staged on a lake — and the ship is sinking into the water each evening.
Serenbe Playhouse is understood for daring production parts — in 2016, they flew in an actual helicopter for a production of “Miss Saigon” — however the firm’s inventive director, Brian Clowdus, says he likes pushing the bounds of what individuals suppose might be completed. With this present, he stated he at all times knew he needed to actually sink the ship.
“From there,” he stated, “we simply figured it out!”
The present’s set designer, Adam Koch, says his resolution was to construct a construction that would appear to be the blueprint of the ship, after which sink particular person parts of that construction. Platforms on cables and pullies might be lowered into the water, a deck splits aside, and an enormous 6.5-foot chandelier, custom-built for the production, plunges absolutely into the lake.
The actors within the production acknowledge the water might be daunting, however a lot of them discover it amplifies their performances. Chris Sizemore, who performs the ship’s architect Thomas Andrews, says, usually by the tip of the present, there’s “not that a lot performing concerned. I imply, you’re dwelling it.”
The musical first opened on Broadway in 1997. The unique production received 5 Tony Awards, together with Greatest Musical.