Lisa's tale is in the real world with her discovery of Corduroy and all the challenges that come with daily life. Meanwhile Corduroy's tale is a topsy-turvy journey around the department store looking for an important part of himself, and a purpose.
To that end, it was very important that Lisa's world was full of punchy color and creative pattern and color combinations that represent her drive, creativity, and tenacity. Corduroy not only needs to be immediately recognizable to the audience, but also the actor needs a costume that allows for a full range of movement and acrobatics as he bounds around the department store. The design has some hidden tricks that allows for suspension of disbelief while staying true to Don Freeman's creation.
See if you can pick out what we call “Friend Theme,” “Magical Bouncing Button Theme,” and “Night Watchmen’s Detective Theme,” as they appear throughout the score! The process of creating this score has been unique, as I wrote a lot of ideas prior to the cast beginning their rehearsal, but was ultimately influenced by the physical comedy created by Kathryn and the cast. We’ve had a blast playing off of each other, and creating a score that is unique to this production and group of humans!
To help illustrate how these worlds intersect we are giving each of them their own distinct feel through lighting: very realistic spaces for Mom and Lisa, more fanciful fun colors for Corduroy, a slightly spooky (but silly) night-time feel for the Night Watchman, and an anything-goes feel for the world of the clowns. The fun is in seeing how all of these worlds and ideas overlap, collide, and work together to tell the story of finding your best friend!