CENTER PLAYERS COMMUNITY THEATRE
Center Players Community Theatre has been producing plays locally in Madison, Mississippi for more than fifteen years. One of their best selling productions during the Christmas season over the years has been The Nutcracker, a Christmas Play. The director of the latest production of this show approached me to make a bright and colorful poster design, but with a specific request—no traditional Christmas color palette.
While reading the script for this show, I made note of how many key characters were in the the cast. Drawing them all as complete illustrations would have been too cluttered, so I opted instead to hand draw their presence literally or symbolically as small cameos to be put on Christmas ornaments. Inspired by the rich scenery described in the show and by the director, I chose to use jewel tones set on a dark background to elevate the more important elements.