Backstage Video: The Designs for the Neverending Story at the 2019 Stratford Festival

by Stage Directions

Hiding in a closet to avoid school bullies, ten-year-old Bastian becomes immersed in a strangely compelling book: the tale of a hero’s quest to save the realm of Fantastica from the encroaching terror of the Nothing. But is Bastian just a reader of this extraordinary story – or a vital part of it? Produced as a part of The Stratford Festival's Schulich Children’s Plays, The Neverending Story is an adaptation of the novel by Michael Ende and adapted by David S. Craig. In this video from Stratford Festival, Designer, Bretta Gerecke discusses her design work on this fantastical production: 

Filled with spectacle and wondrous other-worldly creatures, this production of The Neverending Story is a beautiful tale of the trials of childhood and the triumph of creativity will delight and inspire the whole family.   

The artistic and production team for The Neverending Story included:

Designer Bretta Gerecke; Lighting Designer Leigh Ann Vardy; Sound Designer Don Ellis: Composer Hawksley Workman; Fight Director Anita Nittoly; Puppetry Consultant James Retter Duncan; Movement and Puppetry Director Brad Cook; Movement Captain Jennifer Rider-Shaw; Associate Designer Robin Fisher; Assistant Set Designer Julia Kim; Assistant Costume Designer Joseph Abetria; Assistant Lighting Designer Frank Donato; Stage Manager: Brian Scott; Assistant Stage Managers: Jacki Brabazon, Bona Duncan, Melisssa Rood; Production Assistant: Scarlett Larry; Production Stage Managers: Meghan Callan, Michael Hart, Janine Ralph; and Technical Director Eleanor Creelman.