Saturday, June 19, 2010
"We're All Mad Here!" or "If Costumes Could Talk"
Endstation intern Tania Bukach has been madly cutting, sewing, and fighting the serger. Nancy Kershner volunteered to sew for the show, and ever since, she has been having mad dreams by attacking vests with a seam ripper. Jen Staton graciously volunteered to sew several period jackets ... she must be mad, yes? And, I have finally finished the madness of the two-hour commute and am now fully immersed in costume wonderland.
Alice? Without giving away too much, here is a teaser of what you will see in Alice in Wonderland. As director, Susan has came up with a wealth of images and ideas for this wonderland world. Then, Krista layered her own magical, colorful scenic designs, and Dan suggested some amazing and amazingly creative lighting surprises. So, the costume fun comes in creating those endearing yet a bit mad characters that everyone knows so well. Since color is so dominant in the set, costume accents will stand out in primarily black and white, but with a variety of patterns and textures, particularly for the royal court. The furry, scaly, hard-shelled creatures in Wonderland are colorful in costume as well as in character. And to put minds at rest, Alice is, indeed, wearing blue (wouldn't anyone mad over that).
To further the madness, we have collected costumes and accessories from over five resources in and around the area. If costumes could talk, some of these would have stories to tell about shows they have appeared in and who has worn them (Of course, when the shop lights are off, no one is there to hear their conversations). Some audience members may have a moment of recognizing several of these costumes - it's not madness - costumes have multiple lives.
So, back to sewing...we hope audiences will enjoy the wild ride in Wonderland! Come join us in the madness!