The 'Hunger Games' Stage Show Should Be an Interactive Arena or One of These 3 Things
If you've ever wanted to be like Katniss Everdeen, your dreams are about to come true. A Hunger Games stage show is set to open in London in summer 2016, described as a "theatrical experience" with "innovative and immersive staging techniques." In layman's terms, that basically means you can feel like you're inside District 12, or the Games, or some part of the books and movies. What that probably doesn't mean is hanging out with Jennifer Lawrence and being a real girl on fire.
Details haven't been released yet, but the production company behind the show also created a 360-degree rotating auditorium that turns from set to set for a Dutch musical and rotating sets for the first-ever authorized Anne Frank play. Broadway producer and Imagine Nation co-founder Robin de Levita is one of the producers for the show, and in addition to working on famous productions like Chicago and Into the Woods, he also has Titanic the Musical on his resume. And before you laugh, that took home five Tonys in 1997— maybe he'll be the one to bring The Hunger Games from London to NYC.
Since we'll all be guessing what the show is about for the next two years, I'm going to throw around a few ideas of what the stages could be. Some are crazy and outlandish, but so is the idea of children being thrown into an arena to kill each other.
A Real-Life Interactive Arena
No real weapons would be used, but what if you were sitting in the arena from The Hunger Games, watching as tributes shot each other, ran through clouds of poisonous smoke, and got attacked by Muttations? That would be horrifying, but also awesome since it isn't real and you get to survive the night. This could work especially well for the Catching Fire arena, which had a section for each hour on a clock — they could recreate that and make the audience go through each zone, one at a time. May the odds be ever in your favor.
The Audience at Caesar Flickerman's Show
They would have to find someone perfect to play Caesar, but imagine being the Capitol audience during his show. They could recreate iconic scenes from the books, like when Katniss and Peeta return from the first games and have that first hand-holding emotional moment, or when Katniss' dress turns into a Mockingjay in Catching Fire.
Going Inside Each District
If they could compartmentalize 13 different stages, the audience could be transported to each district. Since each is so different, it would be amazing to see how different the people looked and how things operate in each one. Plus, it would be an easy opportunity to incorporate characters from all of the books, ending with war in the Capitol from Mockingjay or what District 13 really looks like.
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