I Saw That Show


For all ages/levels


  • To gain practice with comparison and contrast skills
  • To encourage critical thinking about the role of scenic design in theatrical storytelling
  • To foster personal connections between live theatre experiences and the Imagined Spaces archival collection


  • Take a look at the list of productions featured in this collection. Have you seen other productions of these same shows?
  • If so, choose one.
  • Think about the production you saw. Visualize the set.
  • Now take a look at the set maquette and related imagery for it in our collection. How do they compare?


Record your responses to the following questions.

  1. Describe the set for the production you saw. Write down everything you can recall. Use our Glossary to help you formulate your thoughts and clarify terminology.
  2. Describe the set for the production in our collection.
  3. How are they similar?
  4. How are they different?
  5. What do you like about each? (make a list with a column for both productions)
  6. Do you think one was more effective than the other in the way it contributed to telling the story?
  7. If so, how and why?