Here is a sample of some of costumes and accessories I have made. I have helped create and shop for costumes for Mount Saint Charles Academy theatre productions of Alice In Wonderland, Jr., Hello Dolly, Fiddler On The Roof, Thoroughly Modern Millie, the last two shows were performed at the Stadium Theatre in Woonsocket, RI.
I was Designer and Head Seamtress for the high school productions of Cinderella, Peter Pan, (photos below) and Oliver (photos to come) all three productions were performed at the Stadium Theatre in Woonsocket, RI. Puppet Costume Designer/Seamtress for Godspell, produced by Shining Light Productions and performed in the Marquee Room at the Stadium Theatre. My latest productions for Shining Light are A Christmas Carol (2015, 2016, 2017) as Designer and Head Seamstress, Wizard of Oz Wicked Witch Glinda and Professor Marvel (2016), Hunchback of Notre Dame Frollo, Esmarelda, Quasimodo, others as needed (2017, see my blog post), Costumer Designer/Head Seamtress for Young Frankenstein (2017). Co-costumer Spring Awakening by Academy Players of RI, Q2Q Blackbox Theatre, Providence, RI (see my blog post).
Costumes for Young Frankenstein haven’t been posted in the blog yet. For now, here’s great shot of a village scene and a few designs.
A Christmas Carol
A few photos from this past season’s “A Christmas Carol” at the Stadium Theatre. A Shining Light Production. The costumes underwent a complete transformation, many made from scratch to achieve a more period look. Can’t wait to see more photos and share on a post soon!
To see how I made these costumes, in a short period of time!, see my post http://haymac.co/2014/05/20/choral-cabaret-costumes/
To see how I made these puppet costumes for Godspell performed in the Marquee Room at the Stadium Theatre, take a look at my post: http://haymac.co/2014/04/27/puppet-costumes/
Hats I decorated for Hello Dolly
Below, I redid the collar and belt on this dress for a student performing in the Choral Cabaret.
The concept for Mount Saint Charles’ Cinderella performed at the Stadium Theatre was to avoid looking entirely of the period, given the restraints on time and limited resources. The village scene was an international look (to follow the director’s idea of Cinderella imagining people from all around the world when she leaves her home), mixing period pieces with contemporary clothes that I added some elements of the period. Inspiration for the costumes came from the Cinderella movie starring Brandy.
Here, I transformed the school’s marching band jacket into a royal jacket for the prince.
Here’s the whole concept I conceived for the ballroom dance. Donated pink prom dresses (one was tan and one was cream colored) were converted into ball gowns with tulle and trim.
This is a transformation of a plain dress into something sinister looking for the wicked stepmother.
The matching hat.
The apron I made for Cinderella.
My daughter played Cinderella and we shopped together for her blouse and skirt.
Transformations of some of the gowns for the ball scene. The concept was variations of creams and pinks. Just before the show I decided to add some lilac tulle to some of the dresses for interest.
The night gowns for the stepsisters where I added the neck, belts, and bottom ruffles. They were simply cut from old ruffly skirts. They were really fun.
More dress transformations. All my designs. Some sewn by me and some sewn by another moms (the stuffing was added just for the photo).
For the fairy godmother we used this dress in pink so she would blend in with the others in the ball scene (as the director wanted – not what I would have chosen!) and just added greens, golds, silvers (the colors faded in the lighting used so I wouldn’t use those colors/materials again). Also, it was intended to be used in that year’s spring production of “Wizard of Oz” so I didn’t to too much to the dress.
Some of the head pieces I made for the girls in the village scenes.
The horse heads I guided a student to create.
A vest I created, as well as the pattern, from old fabric I had to compliment the costume in the next photo.
Another women’s jacket (which had lapels) that I designed into a man’s royal looking jacket.
Some images of the village scene. I like to design theatre costumes with lots of layers for interest and depth.
Another women’s jacket transformed into a royal jacket.
Here I transformed a women’s jacket into a stately looking jacket for the king in “Cinderella”. I designed it and another parent sewed the trim on it. I bought a peach jacket so it would match the dress the girl playing the queen wanted to wear.
The queen’s peach gown and matching king’s jacket. The girl playing the queen wanted to wear her own gown again, so I simply created a belt and sash to transform it.
Ninety-eight costumes all together for Cinderella!
Here are only some of the accessories I made for Mount Saint Charles’ Peter Pan performed at the Stadium Theatre. I can’t find all the photos I took yet! I like to accessories costumes and add layers to add dimension and interest.
I borrowed this shirt from a local production company and thought it needed more color for our show. After making the loin cloth, I added trim to the shirt to match.
A pouch and leggings made from a rug.
Accessories for a lost boy.
This dress, also borrowed, was very plain so I added a fringed collar to the top which was cut from the bottom of a woolen skirt. The collar was easy to remove so I could return the dress in its original condition.
Accessories for the dress.
This little top was cute but also plain and I didn’t like the way the elastics showed so I added some faux suede to the top and skirt.
The girl in the middle had a spaghetti-straped Halloween costume dress. I create a shawl and leggings to embellish the costume.
A student wanted to wear this Halloween costume but I thought it looked too flimsy. I added some stiff trim to the bottom and a jacket that I cut from a long sleeve faux suede women’s jacket and added the beads and moved the hanging feathers to the center of the dress to complete the look.
A pouch easily made from a decorative pillow cover.
This was a faux suede skirt I had and cut it into a yoke.
Here are the pirates with costumes I put together from things I purchased and borrowed.
The lace and satin belt on the plain red dress added a Victorian appeal.
My daughter’s old light blue nightgown that I trimmed with blue ribbon for Wendy.
The lost boys! I had so much fun creating their look and costumes. Lots of different hats, layering, and accessories made it interesting.
Alice In Wonderland, Jr.
My daughter as the sarcastic caterpillar. I helped the artistic director with her coat (which can’t be seen due to the stage lighting but it’s there), by sewing in the orange fabric and the poles so she could swing open the butterfly wings.
For this costume, I designed and made the house but not the roof which was created by the director.
For the lobsters, I designed and made the huge lobster claws from foam provided by the director. I learned the claws were supposed to be smaller when I ran out of foam. I purchase more because the mistake turned out to be a good one! The claws were quite impressive.
I also designed the images and painted these cards with the help of some of the drama students.