Set design for A Raisin in the Sun

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Title: Set design for A Raisin in the Sun
Author: Gygi-Gamble, Laura S.
Abstract: My husband and I chose to go to Walt Disney World for our honeymoon, because of his interest in animation. When we arrived the world that surrounded us was fascinating. It was amazing and strange how, for the time we were there, this fantasy land became a form of reality for us. While at Walt Disney World, I became very interested in set design. The environments created within Disney World allowed one to be entertained and amused, while traveling through dream lands. Being able to design with this kind of playfulness is very stimulating to me. Upon returning home from Disney World, I began my education at Rochester Institute of Technology (R.I.T). I was introduced to many new technical skills, which I never had the opportunity to learn, during my Fine Arts education. Throughout the year I struggled with these technical skills, and as the year came to a close I understood the necessity for them. However, I still lacked the emotional playfulness that I was exposed to while visiting Disney World. With that in mind I began thinking about my thesis. I wanted to create a three dimensional environment unlike any I had created during my stay at R.I.T. When I was discussing various thesis topics with my advisor, she suggested designing a stage set for a local theatre in Rochester. I was thrilled with the suggestion.
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Date: 1992-03-13

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