Wednesday, December 4, 2013

The Show Must Go On... An Up Date...

Hello Dhaaarlings...

It has been another busy month with me having little time to even scratch myself.

My costume making for the School production of "Beauty and the Beast" Jr has almost come to an end with full dress rehearsal tomorrow and the performances thursday and friday nights.

this time around many of the costumes were already made as the school performed the same production 6 yrs ago. Unfortunately the kids have all grown up since then so there has been many many alterations to existing costumes by increasing lengths and widths and re making some older tatty looking things and creating several from scratch...

I've been pretty much left to it this year which is fine by me as I like to be organised and know where I'm going with things...(or so I thought)
I have had very little contact with or assistance from the "head costumier" until the last week or so where changes have been made or some costumes that I thought had been sorted have suddenly been altered or changed without any notice!

To say that I was a little pissed off would be an understatement, particularly having spent 2 days a week for the past 8 weeks at rehearsals to then have to spend my time searching through racks of costumes looking for missing costumes/ pieces of costume only to be notified hours later or even days later that the head costumier has the missing costume or piece without the courtesy of informing me...

Dispite the time wasting and stuffing about once again... You'd think i'd learn after all these years... My work is almost completed.
The costumes only require a little tweaking...

 The kids in the show all seem happy with what I've put together or created for them to wear irregardless of the wardrobe drama's
 and
 all is well in my world.


this isn't the best of photo's but I'll update with some more after dress rehearsals tomorrow...

Hello again Dhaaarlings...
Since last we spoke Princess and the Empress were dragged kicking and screaming backstage to not only organise costumes but to do some major Wig Therapy and hairstyling for the show...
As you will see from the following photos some of the wigs left a lot to be desired and nobody had given any thought to hairsyles for the other cast members so, so given that the Empress is a long retired hairstylist and that I cut my teeth on perm rods and inhaled more laquer than I care to remember... as a kid growing up in a hairdressing salon...
We took a deep breath and stepped into the breech

The following photos are scanned from the programme and taken... sadly...
 before we had been able to work our magic....






As you can see... the hairstyles leave a lot to be desired but... with much hot curling, teasing, hairspray and bobbypinning we had given them all makeovers by opening night.
As a result I had no time to take more photos of my own to show you...
I am however trying to procure a disc of photos from a friend that I intend to put up in a future post...

But as a result of all our hard work the kids in the cast cast came alive and absolutely shone on both nights!


It seems that wigs don't travel too well when they have been thrown in a box collectively and left for several years without any care and attention!!!
That... I am happy to say is changing as... Along with the Empress we have been appointed "Chief Wig Wranglers and Hairstylists".
Just another string to add to my already long bow darlings...

21 comments:

  1. These posts always make me miss my am dram days. For all the backstage bitchin' it was always brilliant fun. My hat goes off to you.
    Sx

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    1. Thanks Miss Scarlet... I could cope without the Drama backstage but have managed to put a few protagonists back in their boxes!

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    2. I've been reading all about your am dram days in todays paper.

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    1. Thanks Bob... I really do like giving back to the community...

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  3. Good so far - let's hope the had costumiere remembers to bring back all pieces before Thursday night !

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    1. Everyone had their bits and pieces organised today... It's amazing how well a vacant stare and the words "I don't know" gets results, suddenly the "missing" costume bits are found.

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  5. I'm pretty sure this work is really a piece of fine craftsmanship, Princess. I hope we can admire it in the next pictures. ;)

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    1. Sadly Leni, you will have to wait another day as in my rush to get out of the house this morning i forgot my camera! but the costumes did look great with the lighting and i will have some morto show you.

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  6. well done you! you really are fantastic, sugar! ;) xoxoxo

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    1. Thanks Savvy Darling You are a doll! xoxoxoxo

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  7. The costumes look great! I'm especially curious to see the egg whisk. Good luck with the show!

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  8. Dear Mr Rimpington, sadly I must report that the Egg whisk wasn't what it was cracked up to be. one of the kids pulled out of the show so the Egg wisk went with them. Fortunately i had not started on the costume. I do however have a lovely pair of salt and pepper shakers and a delightful corkscrew that i can show you in the very near future....

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  9. Coo-ee Princess! It's me Mitzi. The door was open so I let myself in. In my post list it reads "My costume making for the School production of "Bea... " and that where it ends. I thought, whatever could it be, imagine my disappointment, when I discovered that it wasn't Bea Smith the musical but Beauty and the Beast. Another good job on the cosies but why do they look so miserable?

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    1. G'Day Mitzi darling...
      They look misreable because the little tykes all just got a serve from the producer about costume abuse. On top of that was a long day as they had a full run through of the show pluss all the photos for the programme had to be done in the one session... very tiring for everyone. At least they did crack a smile for the photogrpher. I just missed the smiles sadly...

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    2. Ps.. I had Bea out backstage working the steam press and I made her go through without a "Smoko"....

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    3. I was expecting Bea Arthur to return from the dead but these photos are equally delightful.

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    4. speaking of returning from the dead... Welcome back darling! My heart just skipped a little beat... which is most odd as usually I'm in like Flynn....
      the "beat" that is...

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  10. Another job well done. Congrats mate.

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    1. Ta Mr Lax,
      Once again the compliments about the show keep coming... I've been stopped once or twice in the street already....

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