Well, the costume fittings were MADNESS! Madness, I say. On Wednesday, the cast tried on the costumes for the show. Huge thanks to Carol Clever. She took what is thought to be a deceptively minimal look show, and gave it a realistic type of look. What’s difficult is that most productions just want the sparkle because it looks great. My thoughts are that we would have a better connection with the audience and the text if we go for a more realistic look. It will have a bigger emotional impact in the second act as well if you are truly listening to what is being said. It was such a challenge to imagine what these things would look like on stage with colored lights and the stage set and dressing, I’ll have to admit. What I found the most amazing was how much input that I, little ol’ me, had in this whole process. Incredibly, the director, Bill Starr, and I have the same vision for the show. Yay!! I am excited that my thought process, even in spite of my limited training, runs along the same track as this intense man that I have learned several things from. Now just to let you know, that when I say limited training, I mean actual school training, I am always reading books and learning the theatre craft. Back to the outfits.
Some of the looks needed to be tweaked. All of the looks need alterations though. I feel horrible because it’s a lot of work for our costume designer, and so I and several other cast members like Victoria and Beth Ann (by way of Brett) have offered our help to make the show look as good as it can.
My fav is the Frug outfits. Still working on the hair. The wigs were fresh out of the box and just plopped on the ladies heads.
These are going to be made shorter to give you more leg. Hot. HOT! I tell ya. For the men, there are some things being fixed. They will be wearing a tux shirt and pants with a bow tie and flounce accents on their sleeves. Here’s what my trio is wearing. I think that the vinyl vest for the men is so sleek.
Act 1 opens in the park with varying degrees of 60’s looks. Here are just a couple
For Rhythm of Life, there wasn’t a lot to look at on Wednesday. We had several tops, but not completed outfits. So I can’t quite bring you a true look for that number but it should be colorful. But I’m A Brass Band will be faboo!
I am leaving the Big Spender costumes out because there’s gotta be something to surprise you when you see the show. I just wanted to give you a little sneak peak before the show. You may think that these looks are plain, but keep in mind the lights, and all the stuff that’s going to be on stage to add colors. I can’t wait for the day we set foot on that stage with the sets in the theatre. I think that’s when everything is going to click, and I can have a refreshed perspective of the show.