The Yellow Leaf

by Charles Morey

Original Music and Sound Design

Pioneer Theatre Company 2009

Director Geoffrey Sherman
Choreographer Jayne Luke
Set Designer James Wolk
Costume Designer Pamela Scofield
Lighting Designer Thomas J. Munn
Hair and Make-up Designer Amanda French
Sound Designer Joe Payne

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Music composed / adapted Joe Payne ©2008. This world premiere follows Lord Byron, Percy Shelley, Mary Shelley, Claire Clairmont, and Doctor John Polidori as they vacation at the Villa Diodati in 1816. This event was the birthplace of Frankenstein. These people influenced art and literature so greatly, that we wanted to use the romantic style of music that they influenced in the coming decades, rather than use existing music of the direct period, which felt old fashioned. I took some Chopin waltzes and adapted them, creating a score that was very much in the mood of these romantic figures. The finale culminates in a waltz, where each character has a moment in soliloquy form, to portray their hopes, fears, and desires. This demo is music for the finale.

The Yellow Leaf Music Demo

Sound Plot.pdf SFX 5.6 vamp screenshot

For the 2008-09 season, I was asked to create web video advertising. I taped our invited audience dress rehearsals, and created something that would show off the productions on our website. It is no accident that they also showed off a bit of the sound design as well.

The Yellow Leaf Web Advertising

Photos by Bob Clayton