Tuesday, November 24, 2015

 In "Mary Poppins" Jane and Micheal abuse their toys. The Toys come to life and put them on trial. It's an intense number. Here is "Valentine" as a doll prop and the finished costume.

The Frog Prince from the Scary Toys number in "Mary Poppins"

 On of my favorite projects this year came after I was hired to be Wardrobe Supervisor for "Mary Poppins" at Starlight Theatre in Kansas City. The Costumes were provided by KC Costume Co. After the show closed KCCC asked me to stay on with them to design the "Scary Toys", a number in "Mary Poppins" cut from the Starlight Production. Here is the "Scottish Doll with a Broken Arm"

 The "Country Rag Doll" and "Calico Kitty" and the "Sailor Boy" were all created for the tour package. I designed, pulled fabric, cut, draped and over saw construction on this number. It was nice to have the freedom to design from scratch. The only limitations were the specific character names.

In the Spring of 2015, I worked as a stitcher for The Opera Theatre of St. Louis. These are a few of my construction projects for "Emmeline" and "La Rondine"

For a regional production of "Into the Woods" Grandma and the Wolf needed to be made before the Rental package arrived for publicity photos. The Wolf isn't wearing his eye make up under the mask for this.

 "Return to the Forbidden Planet". Jumpsuits were hazmat suits with duct tape. Durable, cheap and I think turned out pretty cute.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Costuming High School shows present several challenges. Budget being a major issue. Also the number of actors to dress can be huge.

 "South Pacific" costumes are largely dictated by history. Some liberties must be taken of course.

One of my favorite ongoing projects has been working with a local high school as their Technical Director. I design sets and costumes as well as working with students to build the shows.(Click on the Photo for full View)

For "South Pacific" I rented a back drop and used the style to design the set pieces.

"Return to the Forbidden Planet" is a great show. Fun to design with terrific 60s pop songs. I highly recommend other schools giving it a try.
 "George Washington Slept Here" required a very large farm house set that "evolves" during the show. A couple buy a dilapidated house, fix it up and trash it in the final Act. Break away windows and banisters, shelving rigged to collapse. This one was tough. 

It's time to update. I've neglected this site for far too long. Largely because I've been working so much. It's a good excuse.