Published May 29, 2012
I’ve always loved the colour orange, and discovered Jessica’s blog a few years ago. I love her fabric designs, and her support of a colour which (up until this year’s trend setters), was not very popular! I have even posted some of my items in her flickr pool of orangy goodness, but I hadn’t realized how much she has influenced me until last week.
Our local youth theatre group is currently rehearsing for a production of “The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley” and I’m responsible for coordinating the costumes. The Lambchop family will all be featuring orange prominently in their costumes (no one else in the entire play wears this colour so that it stands out), and when I was chatting with the set designer about a colour for the kitchen tablecloth, all I could think of was “How About Orange”.
If you’re wondering about the shoes, all the “cool kids” in the show will be wearing them in different colours. I may have to get myself a pair of orange ones now.
Published February 13, 2012
Family , theatre
This weekend I had the privilege of working with our local youth theatre group to put on the musical “Oliver”. In 15 rehearsals a show was learned, memorized, blocked and choreographed…an amazing feat in itself. My children and I have been involved with this group for 5 years now, and every year I am in awe of what this group of young people, aged 4-14 can achieve. This year was particularly sweet for me because I coordinated the costumes for 2 shows, each with a cast of around 50 kids. (Below are some of my workhouse kids, in karate gis teastained for the production).
Since September I have enjoyed getting to know both casts and so during the performances I was proud not only of my offspring, but every one of those children on stage. I’m glad it was dark backstage so they couldn’t catch me blubbing.
Last night’s Grammy ceremonies may be celebrated around the world, but these kids deserve all the awards.
Published June 9, 2011
Since the Toronto One of A Kind I have been working on making dresses for a large (for me) wholesale order, and on the following list:
10 pairs of goose (geese) feet (that’s 20 feet if you’re counting!)
5 pairs of frilly bloomers for goslings (with the help of this tutorial, thanks Miss Chris)
5 mop caps for goslings
3 full stretch velour cat-suits (it was supposed to be only 2, but let’s just say that I’ve never worked with velour before and the sizing was not quite right for one of them!)
2 zoot suits for 2 Hep Cats
1 cravat/ascot for a spiffy (and sneaky) butler
1 poodle skirt with a twist
various costume sizing adjustments.
The dress rehearsal is this afternoon, show goes on tonight….2 months of hard work for less than 2 hours of performance…but I’ll be doing it again next year!
Published October 14, 2009
Guy returned from theatre last night in tears; he didn’t get the part he auditioned for. He has been part of a local youth theatre group for 2 years now, and both times he has had a fairly substantial role. This time however he “only has 3 lines, no singing, and loads of dancing” I have every faith in the director’s choice, and know that dancing is the thing he needs to work on most, if he wants to be a “triple threat” (no, I’m not a pushy parent, he just loves theatre arts) but it is so hard to sit back and watch him deal with rejection at such an early age. And he has the perfect hair colour to play the part he auditioned for too!