File MS-3-1, OS Folder 41 - Homeward bound

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Homeward bound

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MS-3-1, OS Folder 41

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  • 2001 (Creation)
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    Penson, Art
  • February 22, 2001 (Creation)
    Creator
    Vardy, Leigh Ann

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24 pages ; 65 x 92 cm or smaller

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Art Penson was born and raised in Creston, British Columbia, and is now based in Ottawa. He became interested in theatrical design after joining the drama club at university where he was studying to be an art and music historian. He worked with the Bastion Theatre in Victoria and later went to the Kootenay School of Art in Nelson, BC. At Kootenay he won a scholarship to continue his studies at the Pasadena Playhouse in California.

Penson's relationship with Neptune goes back to the 1970s. He met his wife Barbara Howatt there and served as Head of Props in the 1971/1972 season before earning a Canada Council grant allowing him to study theatre in England for three years. Recently he has been a regular designer for Neptune under the artistic directorship of Ron Ulrich. He has designed costumes, sets, props, and furniture for productions of Jesus Christ Superstar, Chicago, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. His costume designs for this latter production won a Merritt Award in 2004.

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Leigh Ann Vardy is a lighting designer born and based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She has worked as a designer for theatre and dance companies across Canada, including the Globe Theatre, Neptune Theatre, Buddies in Bad Times, Great Canadian Theatre Company, Soulpepper Theatre, Factory Theatre, The Segal Centre, Centaur Theatre, The Stratford Shakespeare Festival, and the Charlottetown Festival, among many others. She has won five Robert Merritt Awards for design and has been nominated for the Siminovitch Prize. She is an instructor and coach at the National Theatre School of Canada.

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File contains set and light designs for Neptune Theatre's production of "Homeward Bound," directed by Mary Vingoe and designed by Art Penson. The technical director for the production was Scott Miller. The designs are drawn to the scales of 1/4" = 1' and 1/2" = 1'.

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  • English

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See the Art Penson fonds (MS-3-38) for set and furniture designs for this production. Also see the production records for this play in the Neptune Theatre fonds (MS-3-1) under the series "Production records," subseries "Homeward Bound," and other set designs in MS-3-1, OS Folder 265.

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  • Oversize-folder: MS-3-1, OS Folder 41