I was facebook surfing today (I do this a lot) and came across some photos posted by Chuck Welcome... a dashingly handsome man who has been a set designer around the Atlanta theatre scene for a good long while... his partner, Robert Egizio, is the Artistic Director for Stagedoor Players in Dunwoody, a great little black box theatre where I was blessed to be able to hang out for a bit during 2003-2005 or so. During most of the time I worked there my dear Mr. Drake was Artistic Director which is how we became chummy. I downloaded some of the photos Chuck had posted of shows - the ones that I had a part in - and I thought it would be fun to share with you. Plus, I feel like all I've talked about lately is the fur babies and genealogy... you're due for a break!
I didn't have a WHOLE lot to do with this production other than finishing up the costumes when the costumer became a bit overwhelmed with other projects. I spent a few days working long, long hours (once until 2am - which is shockingly late for me, even then!) to get this show finished up. My great find for this show was sailor suits for the men. Stagedoor has a really limited budget and initially the sailor costumes were being rented for about $900... I went to a fabulous lady with an enormous costume warehouse in Griffin, Georgia and rented them for $30. The raincoats, I believe, came from Burlington Coat Factory. This was a 40's style musical with a lot of happy music.
Ain't Misbehavin' was a personal triumph. This was a really difficult show for me to do because we had two completely contrasting color schemes... going with drab browns in the first part, like sepia toned photos... and then bursting with color in the second act. It's a high energy musical... with a play, you really only have to make sure your costume looks good from about 30 feet away so you may have people taped or pinned into costumes.. hems don't have to be as permanent... you have a little leeway. With a musical, especially when the actors are singing, dancing, doing a lot of belting (with deep breaths) you need to make sure the costumes are durable. That was tricky as - I am not a seamstress.
So that's a little peek into my wild and wacky, albeit brief, theatre career. Hope you enjoyed it... and I hope Chuck won't mind me sharing his photos (and plugging these great little theatres!)
Happy Thursday, y'all!