"Ophelia" is a new, full-length musical for the stage. It is a rewrite of Shakespeare's Hamlet, focusing on the female characters (some have described the piece as "Rocky Horror Hamlet"). We are looking for a logo that will be used on all media, print and online, that is at once bold, dramatic, iconic and regal.
Please note that the current website, http://www.opheliathemusical.com is later going to be be redesigned to streamline the look, and incorporate the new logo.
An initial Concert Reading of this piece will take place in August in San Francisco arts district, and we will be using this logo to publicize the reading.
Material for the show, including all music can be found here: http://www.opheliathemusical.com/fi…erial.html
The piece is dark, gothic, comical. Central themes for this piece are the main act 1 song "Girl in a Box." The main character, Ophelia, is constantly kept locked up, a prisoner in her own room, so she is essentially a "Girl in a Box," (hence the title song.). The main antagonist in the story is Queen Gertrude, who is the quintessential evil queen - boldy, sassy, controlling, sexy, cougar.
Since the storyline revolves around a royal family, some kind of modified "coat of arms" or "royal crest" idea is envisioned, perhaps something that illustrates the main idea of a "girl in a box", crested with a crown or similar? While traditional renderings of Ophelia have seen her as passive, floating beautifully dead in water, our Ophelia is not passive. She may be a prisoner, but she has an active plan for escape. History is important to this piece, but designers should not feel obligated or bound by history. This is a modern reworking of a traditional story, with modern music.
Designers should follow the lead of similar logos for musicals, such as Jesus Christ Superstar, Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Wicked, Evita.
Thanks very much!