Theatre Magic: Technology, Innovation, and Effect

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January 15-May 11, 2014

Thompson Library Gallery

1858 Neil Avenue

Columbus, OH 43210 

This exhibition explores the unsung heroes of theatre—the innovators, designers, and technicians—whose “magic” has wowed audiences since the beginnings of show business. Visitors will uncover the secrets behind special effects, explore the workings of a toy theatre and a 17th-century theatre through virtual reality, experience what a magic lantern “pose show” might have looked like, and try their hand at theatrical lighting design. The exhibition will feature manuscripts, photographs, original designs, set models, props, and costumes from the special collections of the Lawrence and Lee Theatre Research Institute.