October 14, 2014


Yep.  Two.  

It has been quite the busy past two months.  

On the one hand, the high school I am the Costume Director for has me creating costumes for 21cast members in the chilling historical play by Arthur Miller.  The Crucible.  A story of the Salem witch hunts of 1692 and the scales of justice.  My director gave me a large color palette to work with:  black & white.  I begged him for greyscale.  He agreed that the story could not be told in only black and white, and he gave me greyscale - then my world opened up.  Mr. Keat's set is VERY cool, set up like a balance scale with different levels off a center tree, with the actors only occupying certain parts of the stage depending on their character's motivations and obstacles.  What a challenging and thought-provoking way to tell this intense story.  I was limited, and simplified.  And VERY satisfied with the results.  To see publicity photos and video trailers, go here.

If you can attend this show, please do so.

On the other hand, I am costuming another show basically at the same time for another director friend who has since moved from Colorado to UT.  He is having me design and coordinate the costumes for his show.  Seussical Jr.  109 students, double cast.  (Btw, the only way to do this is to have a parent volunteer in charge of everything on the other end, and to have a friend haul 5 huge trash bags full of costumes to her so she can coordinate all of the fittings and such.  And to email like 5 times every day...) 

Polar opposite shows, you say?  Well maybe at first glance.  But if you know the story of Horton Hears a Who, which is the main theme of Seussical Jr., you will know he endured rather a witch hunt of his own.  I mean, the story of a sensitive misunderstood elephant who hears a Who on a speck of dust and cares for them while ridiculed by all the jungle bullies, then told by the judge that he is crazy and the dust speck must be boiled??  Heart-wrenching, yet set to awesome music and choregraphy...

If you are in American Fork UT at the junior high in November 15-22, go see it.  And take some pictures for me.  Or a video.  And say hi to Mr. Reynolds for me.  He is awesome.

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