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Yes, as composer and director of SUMMER ROCK a new musical, I love the hands on experience of building a set. The challenge is creating a set that is attractive, but with materials that keep it light weight and easy to assemble. Set building is a skill that is developed over time, much like developing your song writing style and ability. So, as we get ready to begin the process of building tonight, what are some things that are needed before diving into such a task. Oh yeah, did I mention I had a master builder? Yes, my father in law, just in case we get into trouble. 

Okay, back to some process before beginning the build. The obvious task at hand is having a handle of the script, reading it over and over in order to develop a sketch of the vision in mind. After you have a sketch, you can virtually block a show before bringing it to the performers. Blocking such as entrances and exits, which make it easier in your leadership and directing. Having a good idea and direction helps make everyone feel comfortable that they do not have to worry about whether or not the director and creative team know what they are doing. Will it be perfect? Never!

Once you have the set situated then dressing it with cosmetics is such a fun experience. It is in the little things that brings any set to life. SUMMER ROCK a new musical will have some challenges in that we are dealing with the past, present, and future. Challenges of bringing across the feeling of each time period will be no easy task, but not impossible. In the end, the show is not a set driven show, but rather story, song, and performance driven. I may have a huge wish list for what I would love for the set, but taking into account the theatre and size of the stage are a great way to keep things in check. 


There is so much more that could be said about set building, but this would be a great place to say thank you for taking a few minutes of your time to have fun reading about the task at hand. I am confident you will be on the edge of your seat, no pun intended, when experiencing SUMMER ROCK a new musical.

Until the Next Time,

Daniel Orama

Daniel is a highly sought after industry professional in voice instruction, especially in the art of breathing. He is an accomplished vocalist, performer, composer, People of Godspell Producer, produced and directed Esther the Musical. Currently, Daniel produced his rendition of “A Christmas Carol” and composing another new musical debut release summer 2016 He is the founder of The School of Singing, Orama Theatrical Enterprises. Daniel’s first musical based upon a Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” had it’s NYC debut December 4, 2015 at The Davenport Theatre. For more information on Daniel’s expertise, visit