How Lloyd Should Be Handled In A Live Production

27 May

Who knows? Maybe The Diesselpunk Opera will one day be staged. Maybe all these operas will become theatrical monsters. Stranger things have happened.

If that ever occurs, i would like, as composer, to declare my intention of How Lloyd should be performed.

Question i received: So, there aren’t any puppets in the DO? That’s sad…

Au contaire.

Lloyd should be a puppet. The singer who serves as voice will stand aside from the puppet, preferably at an old style radio show microphone. However, when it is time to voice the bit parts: recruiter in The Pitch, police in The Bust, Blood Red Dogs, etc, the singer will actually up and physically and vocally assume the role. The puppet will be dormant. When Lloyd reappears the actor will again assume position.

On the album, the voice of Lloyd also plays Thomas. I wouldn’t mind Thomas being handled the same way, but i realize this could cause problems where Thomas is in the same scene as Lloyd. If possible, it would be cool to keep this up, but i realize by inserting Thomas spoken bits i have kind of shot myself in the foot on it. However, the Thomas spoken bits are unimportant OR you could have an actor play Thomas separate, although it is a bit part as far as stage time goes. Actors hate that. I leave it up to the director, but… if possible…

That’s my two cents. I don’t generally tell directors what to do on issues not regarding music, but if my intention is worth anything, i urge consideration of this.


Posted by on May 27, 2013 in Uncategorized



2 responses to “How Lloyd Should Be Handled In A Live Production

  1. Cynthia

    May 28, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    Maybe I read it wrong, but does the character Lloyd also play the other roles?

    • paulms

      May 28, 2013 at 3:02 pm

      Lloyd steps in to play all the other roles that aren’t John, Constance or Jacqueline.


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