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posted by Margaret Whitaker on Mon, Dec 15, 2008
in Costume shop

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As I am writing this, we are underway with our preparations for In the Next Room (or the vibrator play). Following the opening of Arabian Nights, I made the executive decision to take the week of Thanksgiving off, wherein I cooked, ate and slept as much as possible. The last two weeks have been marked by a gentle ramping up of productivity, and a little bit of sick and travel. I went back down to San Diego to talk to my former classmates about Clambake last week. I was out sick for two days this week, and in fact, I am still sick, but I just can't watch any more tv or I will go absolutely nuts, so here I am!

This week is all about skill checks, gathering information rolls, and putting stuff away. We are in communication with our designer about the costumes for the vibrator play: this entails detailed discussions about how big those bustles are going to be, what the fabrics are like, and how we will deal with all of the dressing and undressing onstage. In an effort to be frugal, I am not spending money like its going out of style at Zappos; I am hoping we can reuse some of those fine looking shoes I purchaced for Joe Turner on this show. We are also making sure we have accurate measurments for the actors, and contacting some outside sources to build some of the dresses. We got a lot of dresses to build, eek!

The last thing I am doing is working on my secret ornament project for our gift exchange in the costume shop... I'll post a photo after the exchange is over... I don't want the surprise to be ruined...

Costume sketch by designer David Zinn


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