Leicester’s Curve is asking children who have taken part in the nationwide Rainbows of Hope campaign to submit their drawings as inspiration for the set of its Christmas production of The Wizard of Oz.
The theatre is launching a campaign inspired by the recent social media trend, #RainbowsofHope, which has seen children across the country stick drawings of rainbows in the windows of their homes during the coronavirus lockdown to display messages of happiness and unity.
Curve is now asking people to share their creations with the theatre, and they could be used on stage as part of the artwork for The Wizard of Oz.
A statement from chief executive Chris Stafford and artistic director Nikolai Foster said they had been inspired by seeing so many homes display rainbow drawings “as beacons of hope, optimism and joy”.
“Working with our Curve Wizard of Oz set designer Colin Richmond, we’d like to use these children’s drawings of rainbows and Oz to help inspire the set design of our Made at Curve production. We imagine our Oz as a world sketched by a child, as seen through Dorothy and Toto’s imaginations. You might see your work on stage at Curve this Christmas and it will help inspire our design process,” the statement said.
They also encouraged families to read L Frank Baum’s novel or watch the Judy Garland film version and submit drawings of the setting and characters in order to help inspire Richmond’s designs.
Curve’s production will mark the regional premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s version of the show, which includes additional songs by Lloyd Webber as well as the music and lyrics from the 1939 film.
It is due to open at Curve on November 28, running until January 16, 2021.
Drawings can be submitted on social media using the hashtag #RainbowsOfCurve, or to the email address email@example.com