Janne Robberstad

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Fiddler on the Roof

By spotogspindel | March 25, 2011

Finally, I am proud to present Fiddler on the Roof!

For this production at Stord High School, music department, I was hired in to do all the visuals, including the set-design, the costumes, the props, the poster and  designing the make-up.

Here is the finished set-design. The backdrop, which I´ve told you about on several previous occasions, is 70 square meters. The landscape-silhouette (a bit difficult to see in this picture) is between 2 and 4 meters high, and 14 meters long, and is built by the carpenter-class at the high-school.

I worked with the lighting-designer to make sure the lights would be warm, and I think he did an excellent job. In this picture you can see it too well except on one of the angel´s halos, that I´ve used gold-leaf in some places. The most important being the all-seeing God´s eye.

Back to the show itself. Meet Tevje, the milk-man, played by Arne Kvarven. Just turned 19, and has the most beautiful musical-barytone voice. I´m looking forward to following his career, he´s gonna make it, that´s for sure!

The side-panels are painted textile, partly by me, but mainly stamped by the students. I made a hebrew alphabet, that they used for stamping the text. They are meant to resemble pages from the Torah.

Here is Tevje´s wife, Golde, played by Susanne Nesse. The quality of the singing, both solos and choir is generally very high, no one falls through, and the show is just plain old good!

Here is Tevje with one of his daughters at the train-station.

Perchek, played by Joakim Vikanes, teaching the young girls how employers exploit their workers.

The costumes are partly the students own, partly rented from a local theatre. I designed the for Les Miserables years ago, so even though it´s not made especially for this show, a lot of it is still my work.

One of my favorite figures in the show, the taylor Motel Kamzeu. He just makes me smile with his awquardnes and excitement. Excellent acting!

No musical without dance, beautiful women and loud men, right?

The dancing russians in the bar. Their shirts are the main new costume-production for the show. I cut them, and the students (or their moms?) sewed them.

Another costume made for this show is the very long night-gown for Frauma Sara in the nightmare-scene.

The friendly police-officer with the questionable compliments…

(This is where my camera decides to run out of battery, so I´ll have to take more pictures on Saturday.)

Tevje leaving Anatevjka with the remains of his belongings. The only thing left is his house and the fiddler on the roof…

Here is Sunnhordlands review.

And a couple of detailed pictures of the backdrop, taken by Olav Bjørkum:

Topics: Costumedesign, set design | 5 Comments »

5 Responses to “Fiddler on the Roof”

  1. Anne Says:
    March 25th, 2011 at 16:52

    Fantastiske bilder, Janne-venn! Gleder meg til å sjå i kveld. Du har vært så flink – og dessuten inkludert elevane fantastisk i alt arbeidet med scenografien. Trur det har vore stas, og gjort at dei har fått eit eigarforhold til heile oppsetnaden, ikkje bare si eiga rolle og samspelet på scenen og i orkestergrava.
    Stolt av deg! klem

  2. Tyler Says:
    March 27th, 2011 at 05:01

    WOW….everything looks fantastic!!! What an amazing feat- that was a lot to do!!! geez….!!! Can’t wait to hear all about it! xo

  3. andrew Says:
    April 1st, 2011 at 07:23

    Oh Janne, busy bee, wow you have been busy. The whole piece looks fantastic! You look happy – and you deserve to be! Congrats!!!! And isn’t it amazing on the stage .

    hope you are well 🙂

    me I’m still hanging upside down on the chandeleer (howevere you spell that!)

    cheers from oz!

  4. michelle Says:
    April 1st, 2011 at 16:52


  5. Jeremy Daniel Davis-Film Actor Says:
    August 23rd, 2012 at 23:06

    I really appreciate the time and effort you seem to put into your costumes/wardrobes. As a film actor (originally from the stage) I can appreciate what a great wardrobe does for your character, its very important. I really like your work.