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WSD2017|The Lake Worth Monster
1-9 July.Taipei, Taiwan
An extraordinary festival of performance design, including exhibitions, performances
and diverse events,attracted over 15,000 visitors from 71 countries.


Professional Designers

United States of America

Anne Cleveland

The Lake Worth Monster

Category: Costume Design

Design Statement

The Lake Worth Monster is a dance/drama set to music by Johnny Simons and Douglas Balentine. It tells the story of a young man, Cowboy Billy, grappling with childhood guilt and his journey into manhood and redemption. The central metaphor originates in the local legend of a monster lurking in a lake near Fort Worth, Texas. The production design has the look and feel of a space created from the detritus washed up on the shore, and the costumes give the appearance of vintage pieces pulled from an old trunk. As the play progresses, individual characters emerge through the haze of Billy’s memories and out of his grotesque nightmares. In the climactic sequence, Billy journeys to New Orleans where, amidst Mardi Gras revelers, he confronts his monster face to face in the form of a massive puppet created by Basil Twist. First produced in 1975, The Lake Worth Monster became the foundation on which the Hip Pocket Theatre would grow. Several of the original designers have returned to participate in this 40-year anniversary production. The renderings were generated using Corel’s Painter software using techniques found in my book, Digital Design and Rendering.

Anne Cleveland

Annie O. Cleveland has been a professor of costume design for over twenty-five years. Annie has traveled extensively including a voyage around the world as a professor on Semester at Sea. In 2009-10 she received a Fulbright grant to teach Computer Aided Costume Design at National Taiwan University. In 2014, she published Digital Costume Design and Rendering: Pens, Pixels, and Paint, a textbook and resource for those wishing to learn digital design techniques. She has conducted digital design master classes at universities across the United States and has presented her work in Curitiba, Brazil; Seoul, South Korea; and Pilansburg, South Africa.

Email Address: annie.cleveland@gmail.com

Theatre Company The Hip Pocket Theatre

The Premiere Date of Production 2016-09-16

The Premiere Space of Production The Hip Pocket Theatre

Author Johnny Simons and Douglas Balentine

Director/ Choreographer Johnny Simons

Set Designer Dennis Runge

Lighting Designer M. Barrett Cleveland

Costume Designer Annie O. Cleveland

Sound Designer Bruce Balentine

Projection and Multi-Media Designer Alvis Ballew, Peter Petry, Johnny Simons, Mark E. Walker

Other Creative Collaborator/s Puppet Designers: Basil Twist, James Maynard