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Costumes! Costumes! Costumes!

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Costumes! Costumes! Costumes!

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Do It Yourself Halloween Costumes

Jul
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Do It Yourself Halloween Costumes

 You don’t have to be a super crafty creature to make these easy do-it-yourself Halloween costumes for women. When you’re wearing a sexy costume to a Halloween party, it’s probably a good idea to stay away from sedatives and not bring your own restraints. The person who shows up at a Halloween party with no costume is usually a bummer.

Pick up a Girl Scout’s vest at a thrift store, add a few cut-out pot leaves and you’ve got a deliciously clever Halloween costume. This adorable Coolest Homemade Costumes submission was made out of hula hoops, fabric and duct tape! Make this roller coaster costume with your BFF and you’ll be everybody’s hero, we promise.

Recreate one of the best moments in movie history, as explained by this Coolest Homemade Costumes submission Just don’t forget E.T.’s pink glowing heart! Dress up as the gothy daughter of television’s creepiest family, as inspired by this Coolest Homemade Costumes submission You can put it together in a pinch. Get inspired by this Coolest Homemade Costumes submission , which was made from a plastic box and a piece of felt. When you make your DIY costume using a garbage can painted white, make sure to spell your name incorrectly on the side.

Get a bit more fun out of it for Halloween: throw on a parka over your Western shirt, put some Yaktrax on your cowboy boots and some fake snow around your cowboy hat, and paint your lips blue. To make things easier while you’re shopping, you can always go as the same costume idea. If you are taking the kids trick-or-treating, make sure those beer cans are empty, folks. WHY IT WORKS: Spell out a sign: Maybe a scary Halloween greeting, your company’s name or your company’s motto.

Adding in some characteristics (like the chef’s hat for food-loving Pinterest or the ‘let’s meet over coffee’ coffee cup for LinkedIn) gives this costume personality. Thanks to DIY Costumes on Instagram, we know what all the components should be for a Peter Pan outfit for women (though men can adapt it easily as well). If you’re handy with a sewing machine and have a hooded sweatshirt that’s a bit stained (or that would just look better with some dinosaur horns), this is the Halloween project for you.

Here’s one you can make with $5 and a trip to the dollar store with poster board, string, and some paint. Channel a ’90s hero and fight the boring trend towards skimpy Halloween costumes, all at the same time. We favour the shark-head mask plus grey sweatshirt with stuff taped to it approach, to make a literal Sharknado, but you’ve got a few options here. During Mardi Gras you’ll often find bright colored Halloween hair ties in purple and green with dangling bells at the craft store.

 

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Homemade Halloween Costumes

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Homemade Halloween Costumes

Dress up your little devil this spooky season with some do-it-yourself Halloween duds!  If your kitty doesn’t mind, add a bandanna cape or a purple or green cat body suit to your cat  homemade Halloween costumes. Sew hippie look craft store patches onto the Halloween costume jacket and slip onto the cat. You will also need a green infant craft store t-shirt to make a leaf collar from. To make the leaf collar simply draw leaf outlines outward from the neck of the t-shirt and cut them out. When making homemade Halloween costumes for cats, always think of their safety first. For parents that creates the annual question of homemade or store bought costumes. It is fairly easy to build in a pair of sweats or some gloves to any costume that you are making.

You can make a simple ghost costume that takes 5 minutes to put together, or you can make a full costume that will involve sewing, decorating, and time to put together. Choosing a homemade costume is often an economical decision, however that is not the only reason people choose this route. While there may be three ghosts on your street, it is doubtful any of them will look exactly like your homemade costume. Observe your favorite superhero and see how you can make the look with resale clothes finds.

A homemade Kim Kardashian costume starts with a tight sexy dress, the sexier the better for this Halloween diva. When it’s time to put yourself together in you Kim Kardashian Halloween costume, use over exaggerated make-up, like the fake eyelashes, heavy eyeliner, bright lipstick and red check coloring. Remember, the trick to the caricature Halloween costume is to over-do, almost to the point that you look like a clown, but not quite that far. Party supply and Halloween giant Party City is out with its list of hottest costume trends for 2012 , including Angry Birds”, superheroes, fairies and princesses, and Monster High” characters. Twin Dragonfly Designs has a fab tutorial on how make Angry Birds costumes from fabric and felt.

Or make an Angry Bird mask out of paper mache: Paint and decorate with foam craft pieces to recreate the face, and wear with a matching color t-shirt. Make a cape from a rectangle of fabric, and stick on a superhero decal or letter crafted from duct tape onto a t-shirt. Pick up a Halloween makeup kit, crazy wig and maybe the red nose at the costume or party store, but search resale store or your own closet to create your own creative clown costume.

Make a classic kids’ robot costume from a cardboard box and get other futuristic costume ideas from E-how. For an adult, try this Monster High Costume how-to from Squidoo, complete character pictures, and makeup and costume tips. Students at Sayler Park School are getting two books to read this summer as part of a partnership between WCPO and 4C for Children. Stefanie Irwin:Nearly 3 year old lifts a record 100LBS the night before Halloween.

I see the hours of sleep lost by mom trying to make it look just right and the kids screaming at each other because the tail they spent fourteen hours attaching to their butt was detached immediately the first time someone stepped on it. Homemade costumes are such a pain in the neck, sometimes literally. Here’s one of my favorite homemade Halloween costumes for kids that you can make in a matter of minutes; static cling! Everyone has come across a few ‘spacey’ people in their lives and now you can become one for Halloween. The good news is that you don’t have to be a Pinterest fanatic to find homemade costumes regular parents can make.

 

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Summer Stock Theater

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Summer Stock Theater

Would you like the educational experience of seeing what it’s like to perform in a busy theater company. Summer stock theater is what theater students want to do above all else as a way of getting a leg up on their careers. And they are getting a chance to see all aspects of running a theater company.

They also get a chance to work in an intense repertory theater environment where they’re playing one role in a current production and they’re rehearsing a totally different play in an entirely different theater production. Dawniella Sinder ’18, who is majoring in actor training, is excited the opportunity to act as well as work in the box office at Monomoy this summer. Set in scenic Chatham, the grey-shingled theater is covered with roses and surrounded by gardens. Alan Rust, director of the Hartt Theatre Division, has been Monomoy’s artistic director for 36 years. Chestnut Fine Arts Center (Olathe, KS) is offering two one-week theatre workshops this summer.

The University hopes to eventually partner with another college or two in New England, but for now is running the theater alone, Harrison said. The 38-member theater company includes 12 actors and actresses along with stage managers, and assistant directors from the University. Adding a summer stock theater to The Hartt School’s offerings will help with recruitment, Rust said. Martin City, Jr.’s Komedy Kidstitute Summer Camps (9601 Metcalf Avenue, Overland Park, KS), Learn how to tell the funniest jokes, do a classic spit take, and throw a cream pie!

Alcott Arts Center (Kansas City, KS) The Summer Theatre Academy has several sessions for ages 3-18, starting June 20-August 5, 2011. Christian Youth Theater (multiple locations) offers several day and overnight camp options for kids from age 4 through high school. Johnson County Community College Performing Arts Series (Overland Park, KS) offers visual and theatre arts classes for K-8 as well as several chamber music classes.

Stage Right Performing Arts (Overland Park, KS) offers 2 different musical theater camps, including final performances, for kids ages 6-18. Theatre for Young America (Shawnee, KS) hosts drama classes and five-day workshops at Wonderscope Children’s Museum, at Union Station and at Avila during the summer. Theatre of the Imagination (various locations) offers theatre camps at several locations around the city.

Trilogy Cultural Arts Centre (Olathe, KS) has 10 theater and visual arts summer camps available this year. This irresistible story features stunning sets and costumes, incredible dance numbers and beloved songs like A Spoonful of Sugar” and the biggest word you ever heard, Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.” Summer Stock Stage will be one of the first community theatres in the area to perform this recent Broadway hit. About Summer Stock Stage – Summer Stock Stage exists to provide theater experiences for teenage students in central Indiana.

Co-founded by Emily Ristine Holloway, artistic director and Jeanne Bowling, music director, the artistic team now includes Kyle Ragsdale, curator of the Harrison Center for the Arts; Mariel Greenlee, Dance Kaleidoscope; Cherri Jaffee, former Artistic Director of Dance Kaleidoscope; Mike Moffatt, Theater Department chair, Cathedral High School and professional actor Charles Goad. A life-long resident of Rochester, Katy is proud to be part of the Meadow Brook Theatre family.

 

 

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On Halloween Night

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On Halloween Night

On Halloween night, when you’re wearing your new Halloween costume, you can celebrate in style thanks to us and many costume shops around the country!  With thousands of costumes and Halloween accessories for everyone – well, everyone who’s looking for 2015 Halloween Costumes , Minions costumes , Star Wars costumes , Avengers costumes , Spider-Man costumes , Cinderella costumes , and roaring ‘20s flapper costumes and accessories from The Great Gatsby, that is – BuyCostumes is the online costume store of choice for the discerning haunted house aficionado, Halloween partygoer, costume contest winner and family trick-or-treater.

No discussion of the costumes in Gypsy is complete without mention of the three strippers, Electra, Tessie Tura and Mazepa, whose advice to Gypsy about burlesque dancing is the type of number most frequently referred to as a show stopper.” Lory Reyes, Leigh Sanchez and Linda Roberts were absolutely hilarious in these roles and while the costumes appeared a little discordant, not quite thirties era burlesque, but not really current either and too new looking to be run-down burlesque.

This summer, the campers will write scripts and design sets and costumes around a theme inspired by the A.R.T.’s upcoming world premiere musical Waitress, opening at the A.R.T. on August 1. The campers will create their production under the guidance of writing tutors from 826 Boston and professional theater artists from the A.R.T. They will also have the opportunity to connect with members of the Waitress team during a trip to the A.R.T.’s Mainstage as part of the curriculum.

Our Musical Theatre collections include: The Wizard Of Oz or The Wiz, Beauty & The Beast, Music Man, Nunsense, Cinderella, Scrooge- The Musical or A Christmas Carol, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat, My Fair Lady, Dames at Sea, Sound Of Music, King & I, Peter Pan, Miss Saigon, Oklahoma, 42nd Street, Grease, Damn Yankees, Fiddler on The Roof, Guys & Dolls, Annie, The Pirates of Penzance, Singing In The Rain, West Side Story, How to Succeed in Business, Amadeus, Annie.

 

 

 

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Summer Stock

Jul
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Summer Stock

Years ago while living in New York City, I landed my first summer stock job and was off to Ohio and Michigan to do two shows in three weeks with the Kenley Players. Past scenic designs for the Sacramento Shakespeare Festival include the 2005 productions of Macbeth, The Comedy of Errors, Romeo and Juliet, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Midsummer Night’s Dream, and As You Like It. Shawn has also designed productions for the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Pacific Alliance Stage Company, Word for Word, City Theatre, Capitol Stage at the Delta King Theatre, Inquiline Theatre Company, San Francisco State University, and other companies around the Bay Area.

Summer stock theatre is any theatre that presents stage productions only in the summer. The name combines the season with the tradition of staging shows by a resident company, reusing stock scenery and costumes. Summer stock theatres frequently take advantage of seasonal weather by having their productions outdoors or under tents set up temporarily for their use. Some smaller theatres still continue this tradition, and a few summer stock theatres have become highly regarded by both patrons as well as performers and designers. Often viewed as a starting point for professional actors, stock casts are typically young, just out of high school or still in college.

Summer stock started in 1919-1920s with four theatres: The Muny, St. Louis, Mo. (1919) is the nation’s oldest and largest outdoor musical theatre; Manhattan Theatre Colony, first started near Peterborough, New Hampshire (1927) and moved to Ogunquit, Maine; the Cape Playhouse, Dennis, Massachusetts (1927); and the Berkshire Playhouse, Stockbridge, Massachusetts (1928). Summer stock n. U.S. theatrical productions by a repertory company organized for the summer season, esp.

In its heyday during the sixties and seventies, summer stock on the East Coast had a circuit in which shows were put up quickly, usually with a recognizable TV star in the lead role in order to sell more tickets. The closest one to Los Angeles is the Sacramento Music Circus, which still pulls them in and does a quick summer season. Out on the East Coast, the Theater By the Sea in Massachusetts is one of the few that is still operating, but it’s a far cry from what it was like several decades ago. Last summer Keith Mottola of the Steps Theatre wanted to produce his first summer stock season.

He brought me in a few years ago to the Steps Theatre, a small theater in Bellingham, Massachusetts, just south of Boston, and with two weeks’ rehearsal, we put on a production of Willy Wonka. While one show is going on costumes are being prepared for the next show and sets are being built, ready to load in the exact same day you strike the previous show. 

 

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Summer Camps For Drama

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Summer Camps For Drama

Odd and ends about summer camps for drama. Madeleine has taught and designed costumes at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and the State University of New York-Brockport where her credits included Gypsy, The Importance of Being Earnest, Annie and Rashomon. The queen was asked by Tivoli’s ballet chief, Peter Bo Bendixen, to join the team, and her designs are now ready to be handed over to the workers – the sets to be built and painted in Copenhagen and the costumes sewn in London. The Nutcracker, first staged at St. Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre in 1892, begins on Christmas Eve in the home of the young heroine, Clara, who falls asleep and slips into the dream world where mice battle with gingerbread men and the toy soldier nutcracker grows to life size. The theatre in the round concept brought Broadway-style musicals to northern California under a big top tent each summer.

The original Lambertville theatre closed in 1970, and both the Sacramento and South Shore theatres continue to thrive today. She has had the opportunity to work with an incredible amount of outstanding theater companies as well as some incredibly talented theater professionals. Paige Vanzo (Marketing/ Communications Coordinator) holds an AB in Theatre and a CNP (Non-Profit Professional) certification from Indiana State University where she graduated in 2010.

Sarah’s credits include: The American Globe Theatre (NY), The Atlantic Theater Company (NY), New York University (NY), The Dallas Theatre Center (TX), The Second City Detroit (MI), The Michigan Opera House (MI), Cirque Du Soleil and The Shaw Festival (Ontario, Canada). Since moving to the mitten, she’s taken a full-time position with the theatre in Marketing and Communications. Jeremy Burzuk (Head Stage Technician) A performer as well as theatre technician, Remy has been in charge of our backstage crews during performances for over a decade. She holds an MFA in Costume Design from Wayne State University and a BA in Theatre from Michigan State University.

Past projects include lighting three of the Comedy Night fundraisers for Forgotten Harvest at the Fisher Theatre and at Music Hall. Reid has been associated with the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Heartlande Theatre Company, BoarsHead Theatre, Buckham Alley Theatre, The City Theatre, The Gem Theatre, Loeb Drama Center at Harvard University, Jewish Ensemble Theatre, The Birmingham Theatre and the Vest Pocket Theatre.

He then went to Wayne State University where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Design and Technical Theatre. Mr. Johnson was a member of the Hilberry Repertory Company while he served as Lighting Designer for the Bonstelle Theatre. With well over 300,000 miles on two wheels, Reid wishes to thank his family for their support of his passion for motorcycling as well as Theatre. Daniel Martin Morency (Stage Management Intern) graduated from Adrian College with a B.A. in theater. For years she has been working with children’s theatre camps doing costuming and wardrobe.

In recent years, he has been fortunate enough to work with the Michigan Opera Theatre and the Detroit Actors Theatre Company and is now very excited to be joining the Meadow Brook team. For the past two summers she has been working for Belvoir Terrace, a fine arts summer camp for girls, creating costumes for up to 20 productions in a summer. The culmination of a two week summer Shakespeare class for students ages 11-18.

TJMaxx was the retailer featured in the report for the costumes listed as some of the best deals people can get. For adults, there are some sexy costumes out there for those fun, spooky parties coming up. Halloween costumes aren’t just for kids. The theatre offers an apprentice/intern training program designed to help recent college graduates make the transition from academic to professional theatre. Arkansas Repertory Theatre exists to create a diverse body of theatrical work of the highest artistic standards.

 

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Building Theatre Stages

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Building Theatre Stages

What’s involved in creating and building theatre stages?  The first is the stage designer’s creative vision and the second is budget. Stage theatre supplies can range from scaffolding, to hold up backdrops (common in touring productions), rostra (for creating stage areas), lights (if not available) and so on. Indeed stage theatre supplies can include anything from these major requirements right the way down to the trusty old roll of multi-purpose Gaffer tape, ideal for holding sets together, stick down leads for health and safety purposes, to even holding costumes on in extreme circumstances.

The student of stage design should work to develop his or her artistic talent in the visual and decorative arts; exercise the imagination to create dramatic space, imagery and effects; acquire a broad-based knowledge of theatre arts and technical production; become very observant; practice drawing, painting, rendering, model-making, drafting and research; and develop a strong interest in the spoken or lyric theatre.

When you look at the stage you might think Oh there is just a couch there” but what you might not know is that it has been reinforced with steel, the pads might be completely reconstructed to give the actor the right amount of height that they need for that scene or maybe the couch is going to be stood on. So everything is altered even though it may look like an ordinary couch.” Often we have to totally change the color, rebuild, or reupholster.

 

 

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Stage Sets and Design

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Stage Sets and Design 

Looking out the window on Saturday morning did not bode well for an outdoor festival. Stage sets and design goes beyond mere set design and may need to incorporate such things as seating arrangements and rostra for a stage area. There are three different types of stage layout common in the west and these are ‘in the round’, the proscenium and the thrust. The thrust is when the acting area is surrounded on three sides, commonly this extends from a proscenium stage and is often used in music concerts and is an area where guitarist can ‘rock out’. If the show is touring then it is likely to mean that the set building and stage design is kept simple and light in order to facilitate rapid ‘get ins’ and ‘get outs’.

Sometimes touring sets require a lot more energy over all as they are put up and taken down at each venue. Conversely, a stationary theatrical event only needs to have the stage set up once and then taken down at the end of the run. Again the type of stage theatre supplies that you will need will vary from show to show. Queensryche was the next band scheduled on the Jack Daniels sponsored Main Stage, but it turned out that Of Mice & Men also ended up playing their earlier scheduled set on the Monster Main Stage across the field. Halestorm ended up playing a delayed and shortened set, while Ministry performed at the same time on the Jack Daniels stage.

 

 

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Sock Puppets n Stuff

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Sock Puppets n Stuff

Sock Puppets lets you create your own puppet shows in seconds, then share them on Facebook and YouTube with just a few taps. A great variety of puppets can be found from a number of different sources including children’s catalogs such as Kaplan , toy stores such as ToysRus, and big-box stores such as K-mart, Target and Dollar Tree. Another great source for puppets is yard sales and local publications such as BuySell Bulletin. Creative adults and children can make their own puppets from socks, felt, and other household items.

And nowhere was the French supremacy in the field of large inflatable more apparent than on Berlin’s Kurfürstendamm, the city’s main boulevard, where locals recently celebrated the street’s 125th anniversary with a performance by Les Plasticiens Volants, a French troupe of puppeteers who are world famous for large-scale extravaganzas that tell stories using giant puppets filled with helium and air and controlled by ropes.

With original music by Bruce Haack, scenery by William B. Pitkin & Kevin Frisch, marionettes by Coppola & James Wojtal, jr., lights and sound by Terry Alan Smith, and directed by Michael Leach, Puppetworks’ The Jungle Book is a fantastical journey of one of Mowgli’s adventures with Akela the wolf and Baloo, the Bear, and filled with temptations of the monkey folk and other such animals of the Indian jungle.

When you are learning ventriloquism, you may not get the drone at once, but a little practice will enable you to do so. When once you hear that clear, distant-sounding drone you may know that you have your mouth as it should be for ventriloquism, but until you do produce that you must hark back because, unless this foundation is laid properly, all that follows is unsatisfactory and your ventriloquism will lack that distant quality, to obtain which is to be a ventriloquist.

Educational wooden toys encourage curiosity and help to explore the things around.Wooden puzzles for toddlers and toddler puzzles games, matching puzzles memory games and colorful wooden shaped puzzles are really very allowable for a toddler’s play.Wooden marionettes and wooden string puppets give a great enjoyment to a child as well as they learn to express and expose themselves in a smarter way.

The award-winning puppeteer-actor has honed his skills creating and animating puppets since the age of 10. He landed his first paying television gig in his late teens for a CBS affiliate in Baltimore, where he ultimately attracted the attention of Muppet designer and future mentor, Kermit Love, who introduced the ambitious teen to legendary puppeteer Jim Henson, who created Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, and dozens of other famous character.

 

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Stage Designs

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Stage Designs 

Most  stage designs are versatile and may be redesigned to produce unique backdrops for parties and events, tailored to any theme. For me, each scene indicated by an author should be considered correctly, just as each note in his orchestral score and in each sentence of his poetry,” he wrote of his approach to staging Wagner in his book The Stage — My Life” (1996). He did pioneering work with lighting, projections and holography, paving the way for some of the technical stage wizardry that is common today. In The Stage — My Life,” which takes the form of a conversation with the music scholar Kurt Pahlen, the designer discussed his approach.

Mr. Schneider-Siemssen had a special ability to translate the visions of directors into stage imagery, Mr. Schenk said in a telephone interview, praising his versatility, especially in returning to works he had designed before. One famous play has an elaborate set that shows the stage from the front in one-act and from the back side in the second act. In a stage play the sets just have to suggest the location and maybe the mood of the scene. 
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Although we weren’t speaking of costumes in this article….It’s not uncommon to see some of Shakespeare’s plays performed with only the actors wearing period costumes. For instance, fairy tales like Hansel and Gretel make good use of stage enhancements. That is exactly what they did on the Miner Family Stage and they set the bar pretty high. They easily pumped out one of the tightest, most energetic sets of the day – mark my word, these guys are destined for greatness.

 

 

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