Design Process


L’etoile (The Star) is a late 19th Century romantic “opera buffa”. The plot and characters may be absurd and rather silly but the music is delicious and quite sophisticated. Although the physical production may have been modest in scale and scope, an attractive and talented cast brought a high level of musicianship to the project making l’etoile, The Star, a shining success.

Performed in a flexible performance space with a small scenic budget and even smaller lighting inventory, the choice and refinement of each element was calculated to yield the biggest bang for the buck.



By: Emmanuel Chabrier & Eugene Leterrier
Director: Robin Guarino
Venue: College-Conservatory of Music/ CCM
Scenic Design: Thomas C. Umfrid
Lighting Designer: CJ Melides
Costume Designer:  Maggie Dick
Photographer: Mark Lyons