Design Process


Directed and choreographed by a long-time collaborator, I approached this design as a classic story ballet to showcase the extensive dancing.

My first iteration of Carousel, designed 23 years earlier, had featured rather dark, 3D architectural structures. That design worked well in the early ‘90’s creating a memorable production.  

But now, with a different choreographer/director at the helm, I dispensed with simplified realism and relegated all scenery to the role of “décor” to frame and support the lyrical story telling, placing the choreography and exuberant dancers front and center.  


"Tom is a wonderful designer. He is a true collaborator who loves what he does and who invests himself fully in each design. It is great to have someone who not only fulfills a director's vision but enhances it and makes it better than you first imagine. Having worked with Tom numerous times before, I am always looking forward to the next time we can to work together." — Diane Lala, Director and Choreographer



By: Rogers & Hammerstein
Conductor: Roger Grodsky
Director & Choreographer: Diane Lala
Venue: College-Conservatory of Music/ CCM
Scenic Design: Thomas C. Umfrid
Lighting Designer: Joe Beumer
Costume Designer:  Reba Senske
Hair and Makeup: Jillian Floyd
Technical Director: Stevenson Miller
Design Assistants: Aaron Bridgman  & William Sawyer
Stage Manager: Laura Stenger
Photographer: Mark Lyons & Zeek Creative