Mostel.com TRAVELS OF BABAR

music composed & production directed by RAPHAEL MOSTEL
based on the classic book & art by JEAN DE BRUNHOFF
lighting design by MICHAEL MAZZOLA

TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THE FULL PRODUCTION
NB: Work exists also in version as music and narration only, without the production elements and artwork.


The production is best in an audience-friendly, reasonably intimate auditorium with good acoustics.

Running time of full work: approximately 65 minutes, no intermission.
Parts One (Honeymoon) and Two (Battle) can also be performed independently.

Stage:
The minimum stage size for full production is 35' wide by 22' deep, with cyc or light-reflecting back wall; lighting design also includes lit side walls/panels / or 50% grey flats 12-18ft. high.

Lighting:
computer light board with 100 channels (ETC preferred)
72-2.4 Kw dimmers
gel, gobos as specified on light plot
(the inventory below assumes an electrics trim height of 21'6" to pipe - a different trim may change the inventory)
16-50degrees Source 4s @ 575w or 6.5 x 4.5s @ 1kW
18-36degrees Source 4s @575w or 6x9s @ 1kW
20-26degrees Source 4s @ 575w or 6x12s @ 1kW
10-19degrees Source 4s @ 575w or 6x16s @ 1kW
6-6" Fresnels @ 750w
12 PAR 64 WFLs @ 1kW
3 circuit ground row lighting to cover width of cyc
2 booms
8 floorstands.

Sound: [reinforcement only for narrator(s) and may be unnecessary in some halls]
One or two vocal mics for narrator(s) — using house P.A.
sound op should be able to hear house to adjust levels of narrator(s)
Ensemble is acoustic — no mics

Video:
9X12 projection screen, free of imperfections, hung 6’ off deck, upstage of musicians
{in theaters with exceptionally wide stage, 12x16 screen may be used. Screen size should not overwhelm musicians)
Professional LCD projector (minimum 3,000 lumens) with appropriate lens; capable of SVGA standard (show is currently 600x800 pixels)

Computer:
Preferred: Mac G4, 450MHz or better, minimum 256 RAM, w/CD-ROM, OS 9.x or better
or alternatively: PC Pentium IV, IGHz or better, minimum 512 RAM w/ minimum 24-bit color video card with 16 Mb on the card, w/CD-ROM, Windows 98, ME, 2000 or XP or better
cables to connect to projector

Orchestra equipment:
5 orchestra chairs, plus one cello chair, one piano bench, one stool for percussionist
one or two director’s chairs (or high stools with back) for narrator(s)
9-10 music stands (black Manhasset or equivalent)
13-14 music stand lights controlled through light board

Crew:
Technical director with authority to hire and supervise local crew, rent equipment, act as liaison with theater;
sufficient crew to hang and focus lights, screen, projector; set up computer, chairs, music stands and instruments;
Running crew: sound, light board (stage manager can run video), projectionist (if rear projection is used).

Schedule:
Approx. 4 hours to hang lights, screen, projector
Approx. 4 hours to focus lights
2 hour tech rehearsal (can be done with recording)
2 hour full dress rehearsal

Performers:
Narrator (either one or two)
Conductor
Eight excellent musicians:
Clarinet, doubling Bass clarinet
Bassoon
Cornet
Trombone, doubling Bass trombone
Viola
‘Cello
Piano, doubling Celesta
(Piano should be quality full concert grand piano, properly tuned and maintained at concert pitch, A440; Celesta should be four-octaves, correctly in tune at A440, with well-regulated keyboard, working pedal and properly maintained.)
Percussion (NB some percussion substitutions may be possible):
large marimba (to low F), large bass drum (minimum 36-inch, 48” preferred, with real skin or textured synthskin, and placed in horizontal position), bongos, conga, minimum 5 tom--toms (or differently pitched drums; extreme differences in size & pitch preferred), wood block, slapstick (as loud as possible), ratchet, triangle, bell-tree, cow bell, ship bell, police whistle, klaxon (or loud squeeze horn), large cymbals, suspended cymbal, thunder sheet, 4-6 rainsticks, lion’s roar, 6-9 whirlies (flexible plastic tubes), 6-8 carnival (Brazilian carved wood bird-) whistles, bags of marbles (or ball bearings; or chains and metal garbage can)

Special additional musician requirements:
rainsticks, birdwhistles, and whirlies played by most ensemble members.

Rehearsals, starting from zero
Narrator(s):
One partial rehearsal just with conductor and pianist
One full rehearsal with ensemble (only for first narrator(s) of a run, and thereafter:) One full cue rehearsal with ensemble

Musicians:
4 three-hour rehearsals
(fewer rehearsals required if conductor and musicians have performed the work recently)
:
dress/tech rehearsal(s)

Dress
Tuxedo/Formal

Languages
Narration currently available in English, French and Spanish versions.
Other languages possible.

For further information, or about performances in languages other than English, French or Spanish, please contact:

Raphael Mostel
One University Place, #16D
New York, New York 10003
212.388.0737
babar@mostel.com

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