The costumes and scenography for the “ABC” musical were made at The Ulvik Cultural School. The musical is based on the poems from the book, “ABC”, by the Norwegian poet Olav H. Hauge, 1908 – 1994, and performed during the first “Ulvik Poesy Festival” (Ulvik Poesifestival) in 2000, Ulvik, Norway.
The production was initiated and directed by Erling Wollestad, principle at The Ulvik Cultural School.
Composer, Frode Stautland Danielsen, put the poems to music.
I had the pleasure and privilege of holding workshops with children, specially designed for creating the scenography, posters, and costumes, for the “ABC” musical.
For the scenography, a six-meter wide papier-mâché book was assembled in a borrowed boat factory with help from some of the older students from Brakanes school in Ulvik. The materials, paper and cardboard, were donated and transported free of charge to the location. Each of the 5 pictures in the huge book was designed and painted by a group of four to six children.
By turning four of the book’s pages, these four of five pictures on five spreads, changed the scene five times during the performance.
For the costumes, grade 10 student at Brakanes School designed each their own font for the purpose of designing one letter each. The letters were drawn, painted, and applied to black t-shirts, which then became the costumes for the dancers. Each letter was eventually outlined in fluorescent paint allowing the letters to shine after the lights went out on stage!
The children and youths who worked with this project all lived in Ulvik and knew of Olav H. Hauge and his poetry. Olav H. Hauge lived in Ulvik all his life and is part of Ulvik’s identity.
I am forever grateful for all the people who supported and took part in this project and that I could experience this form of teaching/creating/workshoping this one amazing time. If I could choose, this is how I would like a school to be.