'All Summer in a Day'
In Ray Bradbury's novel, All Summer in a Day, humans live on Venus where the sun shines once every seven years. Many children growing up in the rainy environment and have only heard stories about the warmth and light of the sun's rays; their clothing reflects the dreary weather that they are constantly bombarded by. One girl stands apart from the rest as she has just moved from Earth to Venus and grew up in the sunlight. She is desperate to remain close to the warm tones that she remembers, even while being bullied by her classmates. I was there as the Set Costumer and as well as Costume Designer.
Directed by: Kody Cunningham
'Lord Olivier' Sprite Competition
This project was a student film that was entered into the Sprite Films Challenge. Lord Olivier is a modern man who wears clothes from the 1800s. He is searching for his break into movies when a drink of Sprite turns his life around. I was brought in as the Assistant Costume Designer as well as Set Costumer.
Directed by: Catalina Guzman
Wardrobe in Film and Theatre
The poor and downtrodden are being overpowered by the small upperclass in the show Urinetown. Many actors were double cast as both the poor and office workers. Quick changes were an essential part of running this show and I was being trained as Assistant Wardrobe Head. Because of the heavyily distressed costumes, I was also in charge of any unintentional damage to the garments.
Directed by: Michael Wainstein
'The Three Musketeers'
The reputation and legacy of The Three Musketeers called for elegant costumes. The actors were in their traveling costumes for the majority of the show though there was also a ball in the King's Court. As these costumes were heavy and layered on top of one another, patience was the key virtue for every wardrobe member. While we made sure that even the period accurate garments stayed in place, our movements had to be calculated down to the last corset tie. Besides working on Wardrobe Crew, I was also on the Mask Crew that focused solely on the masquerade ball.
Directed by: Sharon Ott
An introvert unwillingly stumbles into an eccentric bed and breakfast. This man tricks every person into thinking he cannot speak their language and begins to hear their deepest secrets. From a wardrobe perspective, the only big concern was safety when one of the young actors had to fall through a trap door while leaving his KKK costume on stage. With multiple practice runs and the addition of a smoke machine, the transition was flawless and no one was injured.
Directed by: Tammy Labude
'The Little Mermaid'
As there are many, many characters in The Little Mermaid, most of the actors were double cast (mersisters were princesses, seaweed strands were the waves, etc.). And as the scenes are frequently changing between under the sea and on land, this is a quick change heavy show. Our wardrobe crew was larger to accomodate for the numerous changes taking place on both sides of the stage. The largest challenge with this production was that the first dress rehearsal was the morning of opening night, allowing us one afternoon to learn the actors movements and their costume placements.
Directed by: Jacque Lueken
'The Wedding Singer'
For The Wedding Singer, our biggest challenge was cutting the show down to 90 minutes and rearranging costume changes for the musical numbers. The actors were older than most of the other campers and thus had a level of maturity so they were much easier to change during transitions. This was my first experience with dealing with mic changes during costume changes, providing a new element of being quiet backstage.
Directed by: David Glover
'Rocky Horror Show'
While working Rocky Horror Show, one of the biggest challenges was not dancing backstage because it is such a staple in the musical theater community. Our crew did have numerous costume changes in the wings, but quite a few took place onstage, initiating a conversation between us and the actors in the most effective way to remove the costumes. Quick-rigging was a definite in this show though that also provided the biggest lie to the audience as they certainly should not see the snaps while Rocky is coming out of his wraps.
Directed by: Sam DiRosa
'Into the Woods'
For my final production of university, I was on wardrobe crew while also being an Assistant Designer for Into the Woods. My tasks included flying to New York with my designer and fellow assistants to rent costumes, add outrageous swags to the step family's ball attire, build the wolf costume, and run the show and its many quick changes. As far as challenges go, this show was fairly easy to run as the changes were rehearsed multiple times and everyone involved was comfortable in their roles. The only time that there was truly an obstacle was when new wardrobe members attended and had to be trained in the workings of being backstage.
Directed by: Michael Wainstein