Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical
by Janet Yates Vogt & Mark Friedman
The Civic- Parish Theatre; January 2019
Direction: Gregory Moore
Lighting & Sound Design: Catherine M. Pratt
Scenic Design: April Thomson
Costume Design: Elizabeth Haas
Photography: Catherine M. Pratt
"From a humble Midwestern childhood in Northern Kentucky to topping the charts for nearly five decades, the story of Rosemary Clooney's remarkable journey offers a fresh, remarkably personal, and poignant picture of the woman whose unparalleled talent and unbridled personality made her a legend."
Lighting for this piece focused on the people in Rosemary's life who were there for her, even in her darkest moments. Throughout the performance, the doctor Rosemary visits while in a mental hospital portrays 11 different characters. At one moment, he may turn in a chair to be Rosemary's mother. Another time, he takes two steps to transform into the priest from Rosemary's childhood. Due to these fast shifts, lighting became the primary design area to communicate these transformations to the audience.
Using the power of color psychology, colors were chosen to inform the audience of whom the Doctor was portraying while also subconsciously informing them of the emotional connection Rosemary has to each of them. For example, green signified Rosemary's mother, as she was envious of the life Rosemary had built. The priest highlighted in reds and blues. These two colors mix to lavenders and purples, an important color in the Catholic faith.
In the end, we see Rosemary recover and performing again at the Hollywood Bowl. To signify the journey she went on and the people who helped her along the way, the colors of individual characters were joined together to highlight the strength we get from those around us.