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Success of production depends on set designers

on Monday,April 13,2009 21:04

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As the Arizona Broadway Theatre gears up for the upcoming production of the musical Miss Saigon, all hope rests on a couple of designers to achieve the special effects the musical became famous for.

The task has fallen on the husband-wife team of Jeff and Kara Thomson who told the Arizona Republic they were excited to have the opportunity to work on the stage design for the show.

"We both wanted to do ''Miss Saigon,'' but neither of us had time," said Jeff Thomson, quoted by the newspaper, adding "it''s turned out to be a really happy accident."

Jeff''s full-time job is with Arizona State University where he is the head of scene design and art direction for the theater program, while Kara teaches design at the Mesa Community College.

"Teaching is not about having knowledge," Jeff says. "It''s about getting the students to care about what they''re doing."

Their story shows the exciting and challenging opportunities awaiting students pursuing design education.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in the field that includes set design is expected to be faster than average, estimated at 19 percent from 2006 to 2016, although keen competition is expected.

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