Thursday, July 21, 2011

Behind the Seams.

"These clothes are good enough to drink in."
Sir Toby Belch

The whirlygig of time! The 2011 Blue Ridge Summer Theatre Festival is nearly over. A season that included works by Shakespeare and Sondheim. That was good enough recommendation for me! I can remember first seeing our costume designer Sarah's sketches for these shows. As costume intern, I've assisted in making them a reality. Some characters are based on historical figures like Assassins, while others are from the Illyria of Twelfth Night.

Dressed to kill.. a president.

Each night I get to see the actors through costume, hair and make up, become the characters that will inhabit these clothes. I put on my dresser's apron and slip into the role of wardrobe mistress. So what else does a wardrobe mistress do besides that cast laundry? My overall job is to maintain the "look" of the costumes before, during and after the show. This could mean anything from performing an emergency repair, adjusting a bow tie, to assisting an actor with a quick change. In live theatre, each night has its own challenges and rewards. Its been wonderful working with people all committed to doing good work. I've learned a great deal here at Endstation and will have a lot to build on when I return to Atlanta next week! The whirlygig of time!
Paige McRae
costume intern

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