In January I took on perhaps the most ambitious costume design project to date and followed that up with my second year designing the Twilight Zones for Theater Schmeater. Needless to say I have neglected this blog again for four months… days after I made it a resolution to pay more attention to the blog! I guess that is the way I roll!
TOMMY- The Rock Opera
I get an email on January 5th asking if I could design for the Burien Little Theater’s Tommy production that opens February 17. At first I say no because it is too far a commute for lugging costumes with no car. Then my friend Michelle tells me that she is playing the Acid Queen (which I wanted to see) and that I can commute with her, the budget is decent too, which intrigues me- a good budget will make up for a lot of things. Short story- I accept before looking at the script- faintly remembering Ann Margret rolling around in beans and Elton John with rising platform shoes that I love the thought of designing the outfit for. WELL, the 1992 Broadway Rock Opera is not as high on LSD as the 1974 movie and it has about 30 costume changes in the prologue alone, gulp! I just had to dive in head first and figure out how to swim later because the clock was ticking away.
The Twilight Zone-
The week after tech of Tommy, I start designing for the Twilight Zone… which I have known about for months now and I have the scripts and seen the episodes already. I was excited for this because we have move this production for the very small Theater Schmeater Play house to ACT in downtown Seattle, tripling the audience capacity. I really love this production because of the period. Since the original series ran from 1959-1964 (I think) the is a very specific period and the director, Tim Moore, is very detailed in his vision. Its like my own little Mad Men world…. with some Monks mixed in.
I am POOPED! I slept all last week because of the lack of sleep for the prior 3 months. Thank my lucky stars that I won’t be designing for theater until September. I want to sew for myself!! BUT I do have an Art Show on May 12 at Coyote Central. So Stayed tuned!