For the Spring 2020 High School Musical, I was asked to design the projection for their production of The Little Mermaid. I had previously collaborated on a very little bit of this type of work for a production of Newsies at our local theater, helping animate two scenes. This was a bigger bite: Designing the backgrounds for every scene—and animating many of them.
Near the climax of the show Ursula enters the ballroom during singing tryouts. We had the idea to have the actor speak from offstage and use animation to represent her Enormity. The texture on the animated legs was from the costume, and the ballroom needed to change from day to night in the process.
There is a scene where Eric falls overboard during a storm. We needed to transition from regular high seas to lightning, and we added some strobe effects with stage lights to enhance the storm. A lot of the scene happened in silhouette. The waves were raised to accommodate the boat stage piece.
The photos below are courtesy of Karl Palmer, local photographer. They show rehearsals with the backgrounds—the screen was pulled tight for the performances so these show them a bit wavier than they really were.