•     The proscenium around the stage is covered in curtains until the descent of the Nautilus, which occurs after the rescue of Emily Aronnax and Ned Land from the sea. At this point the curtains fall away revealing dark, riveted metal, consistent with the structure of the Nautilus.

•     Emily Aronnax's study: A simple set that makes use of darkness rather than an elaborate set. Her opening song (Past The Horizon) is sung simply at a desk with a solitary gas lit lamp on it. Papers are strewn over the desktop, perhaps some books on the shelves behind are dimly illuminated with gas lighting.

•     At various points in Act 1, through a smoke/mist filled stage, we allude to the presence of the Nautilus via a greenish/blue lit dorsal surface of the submarine. The illusion is created through lighting, smoke, and some riveted dorsal superstructure culminating in a long, gently flowing (from stage forward to back) fin of the submarine.

•     The Lincoln ship (a large 1800s frigate) consists only of the stern and side of the ship, the rest is implied through shadow. This set would be off to stage left as to allow the interaction with the Nautilus (superstructure and lighting again) as it moves toward the Lincoln to ram it.

•     The Nautilus’ Brig: Again using darkness, there are riveted steel walls and one steel door with a single portal. Bunks are also possible. The set should have a cold, sterile feeling, not giving much away as to where Emily and Ned find themselves. Grays, blues, and blacks dominate the palette.

•     Nemo’s Study, and the Nautilus’ Bridge: The grandest set, mostly accomplished through layered curtains and lighting. A steering wheel that is slightly worn and made from wood stands in the centre. Stations for Nemo’s crew surround it. Besides the wheel, the surrounding stations and walls are deep blue/grey steel with riveting, that has a cold feeling, yet also a feeling of brilliance and elegance (as the rest of the vessel). Forward of them (at the back of the stage) is the circular steel riveted framework of grand windows that stretch floor to ceiling. These are closed, but once backlit reveal the slowly dancing, deep colours of the ocean. These are magnificent and imposing windows through which Nemo and his crew can both navigate and take in the ocean vistas. The bridge is also where the main action for the finale occurs as the Nautilus self-destructs. In this final scene, the set, masked by intense strobe lighting, must disappear leaving only the mist of the ‘ocean’ at the end.