The Twilight Zones, PinBall Wizard, and beyond!

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.

Here is the whole set of pics on Flickr

Review- 

 

 

The Twilight Zone-

Lisa Branham and Daniel Christensen in Twilight Zone Live!

 

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.

Review

 

 

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!

 

 

John Q Smith, Chris Macdonald in The Twilight Zone Live!

Chris Macdonald and Buddy Mahoney in The Twilight Zone Live!

 

Twilight Zone 2011

Fear for your lives!!

The play I am designing costumes for, “The Twilight Zone”, opens next Thursday Night.  If you are in the Seattle area you should definitely come check it out.  The show run March 18-April 16, 2011- Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8pm.  This years episodes are as folllows:

The Obsolete Man

Time Enough at Last

The Mosters are due on Maple Street

 

Don’t be shy…You are sure to see aliens and have nightmares!!

WOW…. has it really been since November?

So obviously I have been ignoring this here blog.  Soooo Sorry!

Here is what has been taking precedence:

http://www.coyotecentral.org/

I have been teaching a design, sew and embellish class for middle school students.  We have been doing lots of sewinging.  I will also be having a workshop for “Nick Cave inspired” art in conjunction with an exhibit of his work at the SAM called “Meet Me at the Center of the Earth”.  I am really excited about this and have become quite a fan of Nick Caves work and those of you who know me can probably see why:

I will keep you posted on how our own Soundsuit inspired art goes.  One of these days I will actually take pictures of my class and how much fun we have for you as well!!

I have also been sewing:

I made this dress by quilting recycled leather,  recycled wool and silk for the bodice with silk organza skirt.  There is a fully boned corset inside and a heavy exposed zipper down the back.

I am also costuming a play for Theater Schmeater here in Seattle.  It is The Twilight Zone 2011.  I am really getting my Mad Men fix off of this one.  It opens on March 18th and it is sure to be a fun time!!  We are doing three episodes:

The Obsolete Man

Time Enough At Last

The Monsters are Due on Maple Street

And it is going to be done pretty much to that late ’50s early ’60 feel even for Obsolete Man which is set in the future.

Stay Tuned!!