Another casualty of the COVID-19 shutdown was the cancellation of Baylor Theatre’s spring lineup. Cast and crew were sidelined, and plans to bring those performances to the stage were shelved.
Hay Fever, a Noël Coward comedy, was scheduled to run April 28 through May 3. The elaborate, full-stage production would progress no further than this meticulously detailed scale model designed by Matt Smith, senior theatre design and technology major. He researched Victorian homes before using a 3D printer to create and hand-paint model components.
“Artistically, I wanted to create a stately environment that would strike a sense of awe that would be subsequently muddled by the eccentric and unconventional personalities of the Bliss family,” Smith said.
Baylor Theatre will return in the fall, but details of the season are to be determined.
“We will be offering shows again in the new school year with a blend of live audience and streamed performances,” Chair and Professor of Theatre DeAnna Toten-Beard, PhD, said. “We are excited to use this challenging time as unique opportunity to teach our students new approaches and technologies for live performance.”