A collaboration between Shadowbox Live and CCAD culminates in a Pink Floyd-themed production.
"Which One's Pink?", a collaborative project between Shadowbox Live and Columbus College of Art and Design, has been a long time coming, but its creation was quick and serendipitous. Stev Guyer, executive director of Shadowbox Live, had been trying to do a Pink Floyd-themed theater show for years. When he couldn't get the rights for a reimagining of The Wall two years ago, he started thinking a little more in the abstract.
Last fall, Guyer mentioned an idea to Stacie Boord, Shadowbox's executive director of community relations. He envisioned a show that would present Syd Barrett's life as well as a live interpretation of Darkside of the Rainbow, the common name for the phenomenon that is watching "The Wizard of Oz" on mute while listening to the album The Dark Side of the Moon, which seems to sync up perfectly with the movie. That same day, CCAD provost Kevin Conlon called Boord to ask whether Shadowbox had any interest in a collaboration with CCAD involving, of all things, Pink Floyd.
The collaboration began in January, coming to life as this semester's Collaborative Projects course at CCAD. "We're exploring a lot of visual concepts that we [at Shadowbox], frankly, don't have the skillset to take on ourselves, and we don't have the imagination that these students have," Guyer says. "I can't even tell you how excited I am about the project." The show will run April 30 to Aug. 3 at Shadowbox. It's a unique opportunity for the students to see their semester's work in a professional setting, Guyer says. "I think it's going to be enormously valuable," he adds.
The first act is about Barrett-his life, his time with the band, his descent into drugs and psychosis. Act two is an abstract interpretation of Darkside of the Rainbow: Shadowbox musicians will play The Dark Side of the Moon in its entirety, with actors on stage and animated visuals projected behind them.
The visuals are the students' responsibility; each student was assigned a song from the album to conceptualize and animate. The class periods are essentially production meetings, says Phillip Garrett, an associate professor of cinematic arts.
For a lot of the students, this is their first time working in theater. "It can be difficult to understand and visualize," says Jeremy Baker, an adjunct faculty member specializing in animation. Another challenge has been "figuring out how to take these 20 different ideas and help them tie things together [into] one continuous, nicely threaded piece," Guyer says. Still, the enthusiasm of everyone involved is unmistakable. "I've interacted with theater before but never combined it with animation," says Timothy Kuhne, a senior animation major. "I'm really excited to combine them." shadowboxlive.org