"...And then there is the charm of the 20 or so small children sitting on the floor, who can barely contain themselves when the carriage horses enter through the house...."
"... Joyce Korotkin’s set design includes a clever antique film camera prop, and plants that come on to signify “castle” just as they did in old movies..."
Review of Opera Theatre of Montclair's "La Cenerentola"
Joyce Korotkin, Scenic Design and Production:
Excerpt from Review:
"...The chorus of seven men were well-rehearsed and created Angelina's coach in a stunning and imaginative scene. Donning papier mache horse heads, they pulled an imaginary coach the wheels of which were twirling umbrellas. We always appreciate creativity more than expensive sets..."
"...When Cinderella enters the “carriage” — in reality, walking into the crowd of people acting as horses and wheels — she looks out the imaginary windows, and waves her hand like Miss America.
During a break in rehearsal, the horses boogie and dance.
It promises to be particularly silly: Mia Riker-Norrie, OTM’s founder, is playing an evil stepsister — the first time she’s performed with the group.
She’s wearing a hat with rubber chickens on it.
HORSES AND CHICKENS Joyce Korotkin, set designer for “La Cenerentola,” made the rubber chicken hat. It even has Montclair history: it started its life in a millinery store on South Park Street. It was adorned with large faux grapes, and the owner John Fidler called it his “Bacchus hat,” Korotkin recalled.
When she needed an outrageous hat for the stepsister, she decided to doctor up this hat, which she’d bought before the store closed in the late ’90s. Then her grandson begged her to take him to the toy store to buy rubber chickens.
What could be more ridiculous? she thought.
And so she adorned the character Thisbe’s hat with tiny rubber chickens.
Korotkin also made the horse masks by doctoring unicorn costume heads. She cut the top of the horns, and put in feathers, giving the horses a very regal look. “It’s pretty difficult to hot glue latex,” she said, adding that this production has a lot of comic antics. What it doesn’t have are a lot of supernatural effects. This is an Enlightenment opera. The Enlightenment was involved with reality vs. superstition, science vs. magic...”