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Aladdin Jr

After just finishing a musical set in the present day, I’m excited to costume a show set in the magical world of Agrabah. We imagine the costumes for this show to be bright and colourful, so have fun putting together your outfits.

There are a lot of characters who are wearing harem pants as part of their costumes. We have found that the kids sizes run small, so check out the sizing guide when ordering, and maybe order one or two sizes larger just to be safe. I have provided links to kids and adult sizes on the relevant costume pages.

We have included online links to help you purchase these items, but don’t forget that thrift stores often have the clothing you’re looking for, especially if the colours we are asking you to find are not this season’s colours! Salvation Army in Milton is a great resource, as is the Value Village on Dundas at Winston Churchill.

As I mentioned, we have included links to costumes. Some parents have told us that the links are not always as visible when they’re using a mobile device, so please double check everything on your desktop.

If you’re a female playing a male character, you may be required to wear a wig. This will be mentioned in the notes for your specific character, so please look for that. Also, make sure your footwear is something a boy/man is likely to wear (no wedges/heels please!)

Remember no Logos on any clothing please.

High School Musical

Since this show is centred around current day teenagers, you can easily source the costume pieces from everyday stores. There is a lot of leeway left in the costume descriptions on purpose and you are encouraged to develop a unique look for your character (including accessories) while sticking within the basic description/rules we have given you.

We have separated the cliques by costume and colour, to make the show more visually interesting. It is therefore of the highest importance that you stick to the styles and colour grouping assigned to your clique. If you choose clothing that is not correct, you will be asked to replace it with something more suitable.


The Lion King

You only need to provide the costume items that are listed under your character’s name, any other pieces required for your character will be provided by MYTP, as shared costume pieces, which may have a small rental fee. (For example, for Simba, Nala, Scar, lions etc  – MYTP will be providing sashes and headpieces).

Links to individual costume requirements are found by clicking on the Costume tab and scrolling down to your character.

Dear Edwina

For this play, a lot of the character transformation will take place on stage, by the introduction of costume pieces that will be placed on stage and used for the scenes they are required in.  You only need to provide the costume items that are listed under your character’s name, everything else will be provided by MYTP.

General Note:
Although in this play you are required to provide a kid’s clothing outfit, we would still like you to treat this as a costume, and either buy something new that you don’t wear at home until after the show, or choose something from your wardrobe that is clean, tidy and looks new. We would like the clothes to have that “first day of school” look about them, as opposed to just pulling out a t-shirt and shorts that still fit you from last year!

Mulan Jr

After having a break in the Spring, I’m so excited to be working on my 11th show with MYTP.
There are some great online stores for chinese clothing. Some of them have a LONG order time (like 2 months), and shipping charges may be high so you might want to combine your order with other cast members. You would be better off looking at or asian stores first.

Here are a few online stores though – they are good even just for inspiration:

Chinese slippers look like these. You should be able to find them in chinese stores (in Chinatown), and online at


Mr Knickerbocker

These are the perfect pants for plays such as Oliver, Into the Woods,  Beauty and The Beast and Mary Poppins, but unfortunately (or fortunately depending on when you were born) these have not been available in the shops since I was a New Romantic (shh, don’t tell anyone and I promise not to share my photos!)


Luckily for you, they are actually quite easy to make from an existing pair of pants, so here are the steps to follow.  I recommend corduroy or wool (not denim, it wasn’t invented until 1853).

Sewing Method

Here are a few tutorials on how to convert pants into knickerbockers, if you can sew.

Non Sewing Method

If you don’t sew, or don’t want to cut the pants up, you can “convert” a pair of pants by tying a piece of elastic just below the knee (you can use hair elastics) and puffing the pants out a bit around the knee so the elastic doesn’t show.  Tuck the rest of the pants (below the elastic) into long socks.

Basic Makeup

makeupParents often ask me what stage make up is for, and why they have to use it, even on boys.

The reason for wearing stage makeup is simple: the audience needs to be able to see the actors’ faces. If they don’t wear makeup, the audience cannot see your child’s face due to the distance between the performer and the audience, as well as stage lighting at the theatre which flattens facial features and takes away all of the dimensions that allow an actor’s expressions to be seen clearly.

Performance makeup us also part of the costume, it’s the finishing touch.  If you were attending the Oscars, wearing a long evening gown, with your hair in an up-do, and your brand new pair of high heel shoes and then put NOTHING on your face, you would look like you were missing something.  Your face would be overshadowed by your outfit and would look drab.  We NEVER want our costume to overshadow our face.  EVER!  


Base/Foundation (same shade or just slightly darker than child’s skin
tone)—Apply over entire face, blending out to hairline.

Darken eyebrows with eyebrow pencil—Brown for blondes; black or
brown for brunettes

Brown eye shadow—Apply in “crease” of eyelid to open eye. Please
choose dark browns with no purple undertones*.

Brown eye liner—On top of eye: apply liner across eyelid, extending out
beyond eye (wings). On bottom: apply from center of eye straight out to make
a parallel line with upper “wing”.

Dark blush—Apply to apples of cheeks. Dark rose (girls). Dark peach (boys).
NO purple undertones*.

Lipstick— Dark rose for girls playing females. Do not buy a lipstick that looks bright red; it will look unattractively bright and pink on the lips. For Boys and Girls playing male characters: Buy mocha/brown lipstick.

For juniors upwards (and minis who would like to try)- False eyelashes (small  or half-size)

*Makeup with purple and blue undertones causes the face to look ill on stage.

I’ve been a little busy!

It’s been a while since I posted in this blog because it was difficult to find time to write anything, in the midst of costuming 150 kids in 4 casts for Into The Woods, and 2 casts for The Jungle Book Jr.

I finished Jungle Book on a Friday, and started costumes for our alumni/adult production of Hairspray.  I had one month to costume 36 cast members, with most characters having at least one costume change, and some of them having really fast costume changes Onstage!  Big thanks go out to Theatre Ancaster, who helped provide us with some of the more tricky costumes.

I’m looking forward to costuming BIG, and really excited (as in jumping up and down, happy dancing etc) for our next production in the Spring;  Willie Wonka.   This is one of my favourite shows of all time, and I’m a huge Roald Dahl fan, so I’m thinking of going back to the original book for my costume inspiration.  If you are interested in seeing how my costume plots evolve, check out my Pinterest page, as I add my ideas there first.


Orange You Glad You Read This Post


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.

Better Than The Grammies!

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.