As with all shows, the costumes can make or break the idea to be communicated. If the character doesn’t look the part, the audience cannot connect with the character to the dialog. The whole experience of the play is lost. That is why, so much time is put into making the costume look authentic to the play. Another factor in making the costume is how the actor portrays the character. If the actor is more physical on stage with the character, the costume must allow for that type of movement. If the actor is more prim and proper, likewise, the costume must relay that image and sense to the audience.
Below are some examples of our Costume and Makeup design ideas from several of our shows – ‘Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Jr.,’ ‘The Incan Princess,’ ‘Disney’s The Lion King Jr.,’ ‘Fiddler on the Roof Jr.,’ and ‘Disney and Cameron Macintosh’s Mary Poppins Jr.’
Costumes for plays that are well known must have costuming that the audience ‘expects’ to see on stage. Sherlock Holmes should have a pipe, Mary Poppins a hat with cherries, Tevya a pull-cart, and Rafiki a staff.
The descriptive information tells how the costumes were made and the thought process behind the design. There will be many more examples offered for review by our readers; this is our opening sample – some fun ideas are attached below: