Spring Awakening isn’t just giving actors a chance to strengthen their skills! After assisting with props for The Tempest, Rhiannon Lalumandier ’15 is helping craft the world of Spring Awakening as Assistant Set Designer! In this position, she’s responsible for helping our Set Designer make decisions that will shape the look of the entire production!
The Department of Theatre and Dance asked Rhiannon a few questions about the work she’s done with us.
T&D: What is your major?
Rhiannon: I’m a studio art and theatre major.
T&D: What’s your hometown?
Rhiannon: Richmond, Virginia.
T&D: What’s your main focus in theatre?
Rhiannon: Set design; I want to be a set designer.
T&D: How did you first get involved with theatre?
Rhiannon: It’s a funny story. I think I was seven, and I went to Bible camp with my friend for a week. We did a little production at the end of the camp. I was on stage, and I remember running off crying because I was so afraid, and I’ve loved it ever since. In middle school I was involved in theatre arts, I did a few productions in high school. When I came here I switched my major about six times, found the theatre department, and I just fell in love.
T&D: What is your favorite show you’ve worked on at UMW?
Rhiannon: That’s a tough one. I really liked working on The Tempest, but I think right now my favorite is Spring Awakening. I might be a little biased, because I’m helping with it, but I really like it.
T&D: What are your plans after graduation?
Rhiannon: I think I want to move up to DC and work in a theatre up there. I’m really looking at Arena or Woolly Mammoth. And then I want to move to New York and do set designs for Broadway, win my Tony.
T&D: What is your favorite word? Least favorite word?
Rhiannon: I really like the word “askew.” My least favorite word? Oh God, I have so many. I think my least favorite word is “lubricate.” I was studying for Stagecraft and it was in a sentence three times and I cringed every time I read it.
T&D: What is your favorite kind of candy?
Rhiannon: Buncha Crunch.
T&D: If you could work on any play or musical, which one would it be?
Rhiannon: Oh Newsies, hands-down, it’s my favorite musical, I love it so much.
T&D: What’s a fact about you that most people wouldn’t expect?
Rhiannon: I think I can be really loud. A lot of people think I’m really shy and quiet, but they just don’t know me yet, I’m actually really loud.
T&D: What accomplishments or contributions would you like to be remembered for when you graduate?
Rhiannon: Before I graduate, I really want to design my own show here. That’s it, just having it be really good and beautiful.
T&D: Do you have any interests outside of theatre?
Rhiannon: I really like art, I paint all the time, my room is filled with paintings everywhere. I also really like history.
T&D: What is it that initially attracted you to Scene Design?
Rhiannon: It’s a funny story. I was changing my major for the sixth time, and I just thought one day “I like art and my dad used to work in theatre, maybe I could be a set designer,” because when I see a show, I like to look at the set and see what they’ve done and what’s interesting about it. It really enhances the world that the actors are in. I came here and talked to Julie, was set on my way, and loved it ever since.