CHOREOGRAPHER PROFILE: JILLIAN KEHNE

Jillian-Kehne

JILLIAN KEHNE: CHOREOGRAPHER OF A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC 

What do you enjoy most about choreographing a show?

For me, choreographing a show is about working with the creative team and actors that we have to put together movement that is creative, puts the actors in their best light, and is coherent with the story being told. The fun lies in the people you get to work with to accomplish those goals and this cast and crew has been very fun to work with.

What was the greatest challenge in choreographing A Little Night Music?

A Little Night Music is not really a “dance show”, so I feel like my job has been mainly about helping to underscore the story. I did some YouTubing for Waltz Tutorials in preparation, but mostly just tried to focus on movements that would accentuate the story and compliment our actors.

Do you have a favorite song from the show?

The music is beautiful and I find myself humming many of the songs at home after rehearsals – You Must Meet My Wife, A Weekend In The Country, Everyday a Little Death, and many of the rest.

DIRECTOR PROFILE: LENNY BART

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Lenny Bart: Artistic Director of Spokane Civic Theatre, Director of the upcoming production A Little Night Music

Were you nervous going into the audition process? 

I don’t usually get nervous, but I’m always concerned that we’ll get enough people with the proper skill set to fill all of the roles. I usually get very excited, because that is the first step in the rehearsal process, which I love!

Do you have a favorite relationship/ character dynamic in the show? 

This is a tough question, because some are favored because of their humor, others for their pathos, but if I had to pick, I would say the three generations of the Armfeldt ladies. There is Desiree, the protagonist of the piece who represents the current time, her mother, Madam Armfeldt who represents the past, and Fredrika, Desiree’s daughter, who represents the future, and how she was written in as an observer, who is able to decipher the positive and negative aspects of the past and present to make clear, informed choices for her future.

What do you like about directing musicals vs. plays? 

Well, I may make some enemies here, but I prefer to direct plays over musicals, because the stories and characters are often more defined in a play. We are able to focus on the conflicts and spend more time analyzing them and solving staging issues. What I do love about directing musicals, is that it takes the collaboration aspect of the theatre and magnifies it.  We must now work with a music director, a choreographer, musicians and dancers.  All very exciting and rewarding.

Send in the Clowns is such an iconic song.  What does it mean to you? 

To me, is is a song about self awareness, and our ability to see the ramifications of our actions, and to understand the follies of our ways.  Many people who know the song, but don’t know the play often mistake it for being an upbeat song, when Desiree realizes the impact her life choices have on her current situation.  There is humor, sadness, and  truth all rolled into one song, and we in the audience are moved, and probably begin to think about our own life choices, and that is part of the power of theatre; to make us think about our world and our place in it.

Did you have a concrete concept for this show beforehand?

This is one of the few times I’ve directed a play without having first seen or even read prior to be directing it.  I have known about the show, have seen the Bergman film it is based upon, and know a few of the songs from the show, but it is exciting to go completely fresh into something.  I also don’t like to look at other productions or videos of productions, because we inevitably copy what we’ve seen, and I like to try to keep a production true to a “unified vision” based on my analysis of the script.

What is a unique aspect about directing community theatre I’ve been fortunate to have had the opportunity to work in professional, community and educational theatre, and I find community theatre has a bit of all three rolled into one, which I really love.  Often times, the caliber of performer is as high as in many professional productions, and this cast is no exception.  I’m working with incredibly talented people here!   And I get the opportunity to share my experiences with some of the younger, or less seasoned performers in, hopefully, assisting them in improving on their craft. It is the best of all worlds.

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE PROFILES: SAMANTHA STEYART, KELSI LYNN BLASER, CHRIS TAYLOR, GARY PIERCE

Samantha Steyart- Stage Manager/On Stage Sound FX

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What do you think makes It’s a Wonderful Life such an endearing tale?

It’s a Wonderful Life is a tale that most people can relate to in some aspect. Everyone has had that moment where something didn’t go exactly right or you needed help and someone stepped in to help you. Those moments are represented very well in It’s A Wonderful Life. It makes it realistic even though not everyone will know their angel. 

Who is your favorite character from It’s A Wonderful Life?

My favorite character is Mary Hatch. She has a heart as big as her husband and when she sees him struggle she knows that it’s now her time to help him. I love that she steps in to help when others are struggling to find the solution. When she helps keep the Building and Loan open by using the money for her honeymoon you see that she cares more about George than he even knows. 

Is there somebody in the cast you are looking forward to performing with?

I am looking forward to working with the children in this show. I think they will all do marvelous work and I can’t wait to see some of them in their theatric debut. I also am looking forward to working with Kearney! I’ve always seen her behind the scenes and to see her onstage will be amazing!

What makes you most excited about being a part of It’s A Wonderful Life?

I am making my Stage Manager debut with this show. It’s something that I’ve always been in awe of and having the chance to be the SM is something I am very grateful for. I am also excited to bring sound effects to life. It’s not everyday that you get to slam doors and walk in cornflakes! 

Kelsi Lynn Blaser- Mary Bailey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What do you think makes It’s a Wonderful Life such an endearing tale? 

I think that the family element of It’s a Wonderful Life is what makes the story so endearing. I think Mary and the children really ground George and give him a heart that he wouldn’t otherwise have. I think George’s family makes his story much more relatable and lovable.

Who is your favorite character from It’s A Wonderful Life

Everyone loves George and Mary and Zuzu, but I’m personally very fond of Uncle Billy. I think his heart is a little too big and his brain is a little too small and it makes him a different kind of lovable.

Is there somebody in the cast you are looking forward to performing with? 

This cast is full of lovely people who I’m excited to perform with! I always am excited to get to perform with Chris Taylor and it will be a blast to be the Mary to his George.

 What makes you most excited about being a part of It’s A Wonderful Life 

I am most excited to do a new style of show. I’ve never done a radio show before I think it will be a new and exciting experience for me! I also am excited to work with Lenny Bart for the first time since he was officially hired as Artistic Director. 

Chris Taylor- George Bailey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What do you think makes It’s a Wonderful Life such an endearing tale?

It speaks to the conflicts that all of us go through. We want to be more than we are, but never want to dishonor where we came from.

 Who is your favorite character from It’s A Wonderful Life?

George 🙂

Is there somebody in the cast you are looking forward to performing with?

Lucy Paine. She is the cutest.

 What makes you most excited about being a part of It’s A Wonderful Life

There’s a great cast in place. It will be a privlidge….privledge…priv…<that word to work with them.

Gary Pierce- Clarence

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So what do I think makes It’s a Wonderful Life such an endearing Tale?

Rediscovering that you matter in this life.

Who is my favorite character?

Clarence.

Who am I looking forward to performing with?

Chris Taylor.

What makes me excited about being part of It’s a Wonderful Life?

The story,the caricatures, the Cast!!!

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE PROFILES: MILLIE PAINE, ELIAS BALDWIN-BONNEY, GRAYSON PAINE, LUCY PAINE

Millie Paine- Young Mary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What do you think makes It’s a Wonderful Life such an endearing tale?

I think it’s a classic tale because of the message it sends and how everyone can relate to it. Everyone gets depressed at times but then we’re shown that people love and care about us. I think it’s a great Christmas story because that’s what the holiday season is all about, loving and caring for one another. 

Who is your favorite character from It’s A Wonderful Life?

Clarence. He’s just a guy trying to do his job but he’s so kind about it. I like how he doesn’t force George to change his way of thinking, but rather showing him and letting him decide on his own. He’s a really nice person and I think everyone has a soft spot for Clarence. 

Is there somebody in the cast you are looking forward to performing with?

Chris, who plays George Bailey. He’s been my teacher before but I’ve never seen him actually act in a show. I’m looking forward to see how he represents such a well-written character. I really am looking forward to working with everyone though! 

What makes you most excited about being a part of It’s A Wonderful Life?

I’m looking forward to the overall experience. Seeing old and new theater friends and sharing a Christmas story with everyone around town. Though specifically, I’m looking forward to working with Chris, my siblings, Gary, and the entire cast to preform a great timeless tale.

Elias Baldwin-Bonney- Young George

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What do you think makes It’s a Wonderful Life such an endearing tale? 

It’s a Wonderful Life has ups and downs and twists and turns. All-in-all it makes for an incredible tale.

Who is your favorite character from It’s A Wonderful Life

George Bailey, no question. He gives up what he has so others can have stuff, like money.

Is there somebody in the cast you are looking forward to performing with? 

I am excited to work and learn from the adults in the play. I have never worked with adults before. Even though I am not performing directly with Chris, I am excited to watch and learn from him again. He has been my teacher in other plays that I have performed in at the Civic.

 What makes you most excited about being a part of It’s A Wonderful Life 

It’s exciting to be part of a story that’s been around for so long and is a classic tale. I just love acting, so I am excited to perform!

Grayson Paine- Young Harry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What do you think makes It’s a Wonderful Life such an endearing tale?

It has a very true point that people can relate to, and it helps to show you just how special it is to be alive.

 Who is your favorite character from It’s A Wonderful Life?

Clarence.

Is there somebody in the cast you are looking forward to performing with?

Gary Pierce, who plays Clarence again this year.  He is really nice and fun to be around.

 What makes you most excited about being a part of It’s A Wonderful Life

I’m excited to see some old and new faces, and to cheer people up with the Christmas spirit.

Lucy Paine- Zuzu Bailey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So what do I think makes It’s a Wonderful Life such an endearing Tale?

It sends a really good message about how everybody is important and how without you, the world could be different. 

Who is my favorite character?

George Bailey, because he really brings the story to life.

Who am I looking forward to performing with?

I’m looking forward to performing with Chris, because I’ve done Academy shows with him and it will be fun to be in a play with him because he’s very fun and nice.

What makes me excited about being part of It’s a Wonderful Life?

It’s a fun play to do, and it will be neat to work with some of the cast members from last year but also new faces because even though I’ve done this show before, it will be different because everyone is special and helps make it a unique show.

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE PROFILES: BEN DYCK, LULU STAFFORD, DAVE RIDEOUT, KEARNEY JORDAN

Ben Dyck- Mr. Potter

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What do you think makes It’s a Wonderful Life such an endearing tale?

The themes. The message of hope. This is a time of year that is difficult for many for a number of reasons. This story resonates with those who feel downtrodden during the Holiday Season and offer a message of hope for those in difficult situations.

Who is your favorite character from It’s A Wonderful Life?

I don’t really have one.

Is there somebody in the cast you are looking forward to performing with?

I am most looking forward to performing with my kids! This will be my 6-year-old twins, Owen and Voisie’s first theatrical experience. To be able to share my passion for the theatre with them for the very first time is about as good of a Christmas gift that I could hope for. 

What makes you most excited about being a part of It’s A Wonderful Life?

We have a wonderful cast and crew working on an inspired classic. I am very much looking to working in the format of radio-styled reader’s theatre with such a talented group. The format and venue make this theatrical experience exciting and unique. 

LuLu Stafford- Rose Bailey

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What do you think makes It’s a Wonderful Life such an endearing tale? 

I love this tale, it is my all-time favorite story. It brings hope to those of us who feel George’s despair and anxiety of ones failure in him/herself to struggle through each day. It reminds me that no matter how down hearted I may be, there is someone, somewhere who does actually love and needs me, whether it’s reveled to me or not.

Who is your favorite character from It’s A Wonderful Life

I had the honor of portraying Violet in Riverside Civic Light Opera’s, original musical production of It’s A Wonderful Life. She is a character and fond memory I will treasure in my heart forever! I was given a palatable solo that I sang to George and a heart wrenching  (for Violet ) duet, with Mary, realizing George will “never see me”. Violet is the epitome of my life; I see him, but he doesn’t see me. Her and I are relate-able in unattainable love, the facade of loneliness and the true heart of gold she has. Violet remains, to this day, my favorite character, who, by the way, was played by Gloria Grahame, a favorite actress, in the movie!

Is there somebody in the cast you are looking forward to performing with? 

I am looking forward to presenting this timeless classic with every cast and crew member who is dedicating their time to share this story and keep hope alive.

 What makes you most excited about being a part of It’s A Wonderful Life 

I can’t stress enough how humble and lucky I was to be part of a live stage, original musical, portraying a beloved, relate-able character and often too,  feeling as George felt in his direst moment. Saying yes to this production was a no-brainer.  I feel blessed to share this tale again, that is so dear to my heart! 

Dave Rideout- Joseph

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What do you think makes It’s a Wonderful Life such an endearing tale?

I’d rather not overthink a story that somehow makes me cry even when I read it, but probably because we all have times when we wonder whether the world would even notice if we were gone, and it is such a joyous, vicarious thrill to see that George Bailey had such an impact that we have hope for ourselves.

 Who is your favorite character from It’s A Wonderful Life?

Beyond the major characters, I enjoy Violet’s moments the most.

Is there somebody in the cast you are looking forward to performing with?

I have had great experiences working in the past with most of the adult members of this highly talented cast in the past, except for Michael and Lulu, so I will be looking forward to working with them the most.

 What makes you most excited about being a part of It’s A Wonderful Life

I am most excited about working with Lenny Bart for the first time, and to see whether performing it in front of an audience makes me cry.

Kearney Jordan- Violet

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So what do I think makes It’s a Wonderful Life such an endearing Tale?

It reminds us that we all matter, and that we all have value and the ability to impact the lives of others.   I think it speaks to the importance of community and supporting one another. 

Who is my favorite character?

I have a soft spot for Mr.Gower, the Drug store owner that George works for as a boy.  To me he signifies redemption and true gratitude.  His loyalty to George is lifelong.  He shows that we are not wholly defined by our worst moment, and even from the darkest place it is possible to find purpose and hope.

Who am I looking forward to performing with?

Goodness yes!  Michael Hynes, whom I last performed with 20 years ago, and Ben Dyck, who I have known for 20 years and have never performed with! Also the dear Lulu Stafford and my coworker, Chris Taylor, who are both also new to the production this year.  Seriously this is such a great, talented cast!

What makes me excited about being part of It’s a Wonderful Life?

I’m beyond fortunate to be spending this special time of year surrounded by my family and friends, doing what we love and sharing it with our community- creating memories many will cherish for years to come. 

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE PROFILES: LENNY BART, THERESA HAUENSTEIN, MICHAEL METTERS, MICHAEL HYNES

Lenny Bart- Director

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What do you think makes It’s a Wonderful Life such an endearing tale?

It deals with the impact we can have on others in our lives.  It deals with the spirit of “Giving” of the self, and not of commercial endeavors.  It is the common man Vs. the Rich moneyed folks.

Who is your favorite character from It’s A Wonderful Life?

Well, George is so incredible, but I just love Clarence, and his wide-eyed optimism and desire to do good and help his common man.

Is there somebody in the cast you are looking forward to performing with?

I’m directing, and just looking forward to working with such a talented group of people.

What makes you most excited about being a part of It’s A Wonderful Life?

This is such a heart-warming holiday tale, and has been a big part of my family’s life during the holiday season, that I just love the opportunity to share with my new community, something that ushers in the holidays and makes us all feel good about ourselves and our fellow human beings.

Theresa Hauenstein-Producer

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What do you think makes It’s a Wonderful Life such an endearing tale? 

I love how this story reminds us that we need each other. Every life is connected to another. I also love the reminder it gives that if we can change our perspective just a little, even the darkest and most frustrating bits of life have meaning and value beyond anything we could imagine. 

Who is your favorite character from It’s A Wonderful Life

Clarence! He’s an angel after my own heart… He is a reminder that in order to help someone you have to get to know them. You can’t just look at someone’s situation and assume you know how to fix their problem. It’s important to know someone’s story and meet them where they are at. 

Is there somebody in the cast you are looking forward to performing with? 

As a producer I don’t get to perform, but I am excited to see this cast share this beautiful tale! It’s such an important story to share in our world today, and I know they are going to do a great job. 

 What makes you most excited about being a part of It’s A Wonderful Life 

This is such a classic tale that anyone can enjoy and be enriched by. It is an honor to share this holiday season and the message of ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ with this cast and crew – and you!

Michael Metters-Horace/Mr Welch/Ensemble

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What do you think makes It’s a Wonderful Life such an endearing tale?

Selflessness coupled with the power of hope & community.

 Who is your favorite character from It’s A Wonderful Life?

TOUGH QUESTION! Aspire to be like George, and love Mary for her steadfastness through the storms. 

Is there somebody in the cast you are looking forward to performing with?

Been a looong time since I’ve done a show at the civic so don’t know anyone…but so look forward to working with everyone:)

 What makes you most excited about being a part of It’s A Wonderful Life

To be involved with theater community again, and playing in such a feel good holiday classic is an honor.

Michael Hynes-Old Man Gower/Billy Bailey/Ensemble

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So what do I think makes It’s a Wonderful Life such an endearing Tale?

I think it’s because it shows us that everyone’s life is important. And even though we might think we don’t matter much in this world… so many things that we touch or that we come in contact with might change the world as we know it if it weren’t for us. Sometimes we might not think that we make a difference…or that something we say or do is of any great significant and yet it might make all the difference in the world to the outcome of our own or someone else’s life. 

Who is my favorite character?

Why George Bailey of course!

Who am I looking forward to performing with?

Well for me it’s everyone on the cast list! Singing in a band, I don’t get much chance to do theater. So any opportunity I get is a real joy and I cherish the moments when I do get to be on stage! I’ve had the honor of working with several people that are in the show already. So I look forward to working with those that I haven’t.

What makes me excited about being part of It’s a Wonderful Life?

Well mostly for the reasons stated above. I don’t get the opportunity very often to do live theater so when I can it’s a real privilege. And I haven’t had the joy of working with Lenny yet and so I’m looking forward to that. Plus I took my mom to see this last year and we absolutely enjoyed the show so much that I thought… it sure would be great to be a part of a show like this where it’s a live radio broadcast as well as being performed in front of a live audience. And so now I get my chance!

Actress Profile: Kat Heath

Photo Credit: Chris Wooley Heads and Tails Photography

Photo Credit: Chris Wooley Heads and Tails Photography

Hoffman: Tell me about playing Magenta in Rocky Horror.  What are your favorite parts and what are the most challenging parts? 

Heath: Magenta has been a dream come true for me. I have wanted to do this show since I was probably 14 and she has been an absolute joy. Lance was very clear that he didn’t want an imitation of the film. That note gave me the freedom to explore, which has been equally delightful and difficult. How do you play a part that everyone knows? How do you make her your own, but still recognizable? My favorite Magenta moments are those the stolen looks and touches that she has with Riff Raff. Ben Dyck is such a joy to work with. He is always there. Always communicating nonverbally on stage. I know that I can trust him. And obviously, “The Time Warp”, because it’s “The Time Warp”!

Hoffman: What is your favorite song in Rocky Horror Show?

Heath: “Don’t Dream it, Be it” from the floor show has always been my favorite. I am so thankful to both Lance and Henry for creating a moment where Magenta gets to utter those words with reckless abandon. They are words that I have always tried to live by.

Hoffman: Tell us more about the audition process.  Do you have advice for anyone looking to give it a try?

Heath: Preparation is key to any successful audition. I looked for a song that showed off my range and was as close to the tone of the show as possible. Then I worked with a vocal coach to learn the song and show off my strengths. Having a closed audition was lovely. I understand that auditions are about competition, but when we are able to present ourselves without the watchful eye of other competitors it becomes more pure, at least for me. I was only competing against myself and I feel like that environment is great for any actor. I also think that for this show, everyone was accepting and loving when they walked in the door, which is a big part of the message of Rocky Horror. This mindset created a very supportive environment at group callbacks, which is how auditions should be. I have never been to an audition with that type of enthusiasm and camaraderie. These are goals that I have for future auditions, to come in with the mindset that everyone is amazing and everyone is special. And for one single moment I get to be a part of this show, even if it is only in the audition room. That feeling was transformative for me and I plan to take it to every audition in the future.

Hoffman: Acting is both described as being freeing and being terrifying.  How has the vulnerability and excitement of being on stage affected you?

Heath: I am always my best self and my happiest self when I am on stage. I am a theatre adrenaline junkie and live for the laughter and applause.

Hoffman: What is your favorite pre-show snack?

Heath: I always pre-show with water, tea and some form of protein, and for Rocky, I have added an orange to my routine.

Actress Profile: Samantha Schneider

Hoffman: Tell me more about your experience wearing the costume for Madame La Bouche in Beauty and The Beast!

S. Schneider: This costume is the most elaborate I have had in all my time of theater. It is heavy, on wheels, and it takes two to three guys to lift it high enough for me to climb in from the bottom. It is sometimes warm inside, so the costumers put a little battery powered fan to keep me cool. For the most part it is not difficult to maneuver but it does get my heart pounding with how fast my feet and legs have to move!

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M. Hoffman: You received your Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance in 2015.  What does it take vocally to perform night after night in a show!

S. Schneider: As a vocalist, each performance has to be taken seriously. There are many things that can be damaging to the voice that are done without knowledge. I work my hardest to stay hydrated, healthy, and above all, I make sure I’m not over using my voice with everyday life with a lot of talking, whispering, or singing in the car. I focus on warming up my voice everyday and I only sing music that keeps my voice fresh and ready for the hardship of the performances.

M. Hoffman: I enjoyed the antics of your character in Beauty and The Beast. Tell me more about playing The Wardrobe/Madame La Bouche.

S. Schneider: This role, while small, has a lot of depth. All she wants is to be human again so she can get on stage and perform! (She and I have that in common!) What I LOVE about this character is that she is a diva. It is a lot of fun being able to portray an opera star because I aspire to do that very thing. And the intensity of her passion drives me forward to the end where she can revel in that first high note of being human again!

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M. Hoffman: Do you have any advice you would want to tell those wanting to study voice or get more involved in theatre?

S. Schneider: When it comes to those who have even the slightest interest in singing or acting, do it. Take the leap and make your dreams happen! I started at the age of twelve and will never regret one single audition. Being able to follow your passion is one of the most satisfying experiences and don’t ever let yourself stand in your way! It will take hard work but there is something far greater in your achievement!

PHOTO CREDIT: CHRIS WOOLEY HEADS AND TAILS PHOTOGRAPHY

An Interview with Summer Berry Costume Designer for Beauty and The Beast

 

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M.Hoffman: Tell me more about your process of design for Beauty and The Beast! 

Berry: Process is very important in the journey of costume design. The research, the vision of the production as a whole, and the resources that are available all play a part in my process. I didn’t want to make this look like the cartoon movie but I fully embraced the fact that there are some elements that I just had to bring to the stage that the audience was expecting, only I gave them my spin or twist as the designer. There had to be the famous gown and I found a very rich gold crepe back satin that would hold and reflect light and drape in a graceful manner.  Belle’s gown was like it’s own character.

I spent all of July designing and engineering the enchanted characters, china plates, napkins, Salt and Pepper, and of course the very tall forks. All of these costumes had to look like these objects, be worn by actors, and then be worn to dance. The dancing is so important in this show and Heidy Cartwright has a way of making actors really good dancers. We had many talks about the designs and I made some prototypes so the space on stage and movement was not a surprise come first dress rehearsal. I made prototypes of the wardrobe and the clock from the dimensions the rental company sent me. The actors got the chance to work in those for a few weeks before the real ones arrived.

Hoffman: Tell me more about the extra special details that went into Beauty and The Beast?

Berry: Details are important in my designs and I would have liked to have added more but there is only so much time. Bridget, a local artist that had worked here at the Civic for some time, painted the red roses on the pointe shoes. My intern, Isabella painted the china plates and napkins to my specs beautifully. The forks were the most complicated of the enchanted world and so worth the time and energy. One of my past GU students, now good friend, came for a visit and stepped in to add the details on the fork handles. 

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Hoffman: I really enjoy the Gaston character. Tell me more about his costume.

Gaston‘s needs were pretty involved but from the stage probably don’t read that way. I made him a body shirt to cover his tattoo art and of course he had to have a hairy chest. To make that happen I bought a natural chest hair patch and sewed it to the shirt.

 

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 Hoffman: What was your favorite piece to design?

Berry: I really had fun creating this show’s costumes and if I had to pick one favorite, which is very difficult, it was Babette the feather duster. She too had a prototype for rehearsals for weeks since she had to tango. 

Hoffman: Keeping the characters looking good night after night doesn’t just happen magically.  Tell us more about the process of maintaining, washing and repairing clothes during a show.

Berry: Musicals always require weekly maintenance; no one likes wearing dirty costumes. One of the challenges is keeping all the pieces looking like they did opening night during a five-week run. Not easy. I do the best I can, try to anticipate what might happen, and what to have as a back up.

 

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 Hoffman: Thanks for sharing some secrets of the costuming process! Anything else you want us to know?

 Berry: I think about each actor as I am creating their costume and it brings me great joy when they put them on the first time and walk on stage a changed person. I enjoy being a part of the story telling. Theatre is story telling. The actor and the audience deserve my best work and that is what I strive for in all the shows I design and build.

PHOTO CREDIT: CHRIS WOOLEY AT HEADS AND TAILS PHOTOGRAPHY

2016-17 Studio Season Artwork!

And here is the artwork for the 2016-17 Firth J Chew Studio Season! All the artwork was created by local artist and designer, Zac Jones!

Be sure to stop by the theatre, or check your mailbox, for a season brochure! All tickets go on sale July 1! The 2016-17 Season is sponsored by The Local Offices of Edward Jones, and the Studio Season is sponsored by Numerica Credit Union.

RockyHorrorShow
October 14 – November 5, 2016
Rating: R
Directed by LANCE BABBITT
Music Direction by HENRY MCNULTY

VanyaSoniaMashaSpike

January 27 – February 19, 2017
Rating: PG-13
Directed by HEATHER MCHENRY-KROETCH

HoldingOnLettingGo

March 17 – April 9, 2017
Rating: PG-13
Directed by JACK DELAHANTY
Written by BRYAN HARNETIAUX

TamingOfTheShrew

Sponsored by Hotel Ruby and Montvale Hotel
April 28 – May 21
Rating: PG
Directed by DAVID BAKER