Best Foot Forward Young Audience Outreach Tour
Creede Repertory Theatre’s Young Audience Outreach Tour is a program that reaches under served children with a bilingual educational musical performed by two actors. The tour lasts three months, has two casts doing simultaneous tours, and is managed on the road by one tour manager with a truck. Best Foot Forward is the story of two kids, Sawyer and Lil G, from the country and the city, who compete against each other in a dance competition but eventually learn their differences make them stronger together. I used contrasting color pallets to differentiate the country and urban worlds of the children, and made sure everything could be machine washed and changed quickly over a base costume. The shop and I did a lot of customization with fabric and shoe painting, airbrushing, screen printing and rhinestones for this show. I also set up the tour to leave by packing the tour into three bins and creating a road kit for repairs and a laundry and repair instruction manual.
Scenic Design- Lisa ???
Lighting Design- Kaye Swindell
Director- Melissa Firlit
Photographs Courtesy of John Gary Brown
Ripcord is an Odd Couple-esque comedy centered around two women sharing a room in a nursing home. A series of bets takes the women from the nursing home to a haunted house to a skydiving trip as the two women explore relationships and family and loss. This show featured several specialty costumes, including skydiving suits, haunted house costumes, and an outfit to conceal a trick harness, as well as needing to be stylish and maneuverable for a cast with a range of motion and flexibility abilities. We used base pants and lots of changeable layers to facilitate rapidly changing days and locations, as well as some character changes for supporting actors.
Scenic Design- Mandy Embry
Lighting Design- Kristof Janezic
Director- Billie McBride
Photographs- courtesy of John Gary Brown
The Watsons Go To Birmingham-1963
Assistant Costume Design
Costume Design By Izumi Inaba
The Watsons Go To Birmingham- 1963 is a stage adaptation of a book of the same name, about a 9 year old boy named Kenny, who’s family takes a road trip to take their misbehaving son Byron to stay with his Grandmother in Birmingham for the summer. Kenny finds more than he bargained for in Birmingham, where tensions of the civil rights movement are boiling. I assisted costume designer Izumi Inaba on this show, and my responsibilities included helping build paperwork, taking notes, assisting with fittings and alterations, as well as coordinating the press photo shoot costumes. Our focuses on this show included creating a “Whol Pooh” monster(a whirlpool that almost drowns Kenny), Making Kenny’s Glasses Breakable, and staying true to the silhouettes and styles of the 60s while making quick changes easy for the characters. I pulled our photo shoot costumes from the stock at the theatre and aimed to find costumes that were similar to the designs, although not exact. I also engineered the Whol Pooh hood to stay in place so the actor could see, helped build the vest that holds “water” fabric(as a collaboration with props), and built a bandanna doorag for the oldest brother.
Scenic Design- Arnel Sancianco
Props Design-Mealah Heidenreich
Lighting Design- Jason Lynch
Projections Design- Smooch Medina
Show Photographs Courtesy of Chicago Children’s Theatre
Abandoned Way Out West-The KID Show
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Abandoned Way Out West was Creede Repertory Theatre’s 2018 KID show, a program that brings theatre education to local and often underprivileged children 9-18 in rural Colorado. 16 children, some actors, some technicians, in the program did a three week workshop of the show alongside professional mentors, designers, and directors. Our Writer/Director Diana Burbano sought to fit the season’s theme of “strong female leads” with the story of a 12 year old Vaquera, Aquilina, leading a band of rag-tag orphans in the wild west against the greedy back star gang and their plot to steal the town from the children. As a design team, we strove to create a world believably created by children, and brought in lots of the kids to help with different projects, like distressing their costumes. Many of the costumes featured whimsical, child-like details like leather patches on bows or outward facing suspender buttons, and re purposed materials such as bandannas made into bows or aprons made from old chaps and serapes. As Creede is an extremely rural and secluded town with only three roads, sourcing materials was a unique challenge, but created a wonderful opportunity to research and respect the backgrounds of the children participating. We strove as a design team to reflect and honor both the history of the area, and the cultural backgrounds of the children coming to us for the show. This included pulling inspiration from child miners, railroad working families, pioneers, prospectors, vaqueros and the Colorado school for the deaf. We saw these characters as a group of lost boys in the wild west, without need of grown ups to successfully work together to run a town. It was also important to us to instill collaborative values in the kids, so some of the participants had the opportunity to make choices with me about what their costumes would look like and how their character would dress(i.e. are the dog/cat characters actual animals, or children playing pretend-they went with playing pretend!). I was also responsible for making sure everyone was in costume for the Fourth of July Parade in town, as Abandoned Way Out West was the theme of the float!
Scenic Design- Dustin Belich
Lighting Design- Harry Foster
Show Photographs- John Gary Brown
Red Bowl At The Jeffs
The Sound’s Red Bowl at the Jeffs is writer Beth Hyland’s insider nod to Chicago theatre, loosely based on Chekov’’s Three Sisters. When Red Bowl Theatre company is nominated for best ensemble at the non-equity Jeff awards, they’re elated, but since closing, the company’s lives have begun to mirror the story of Three Sisters a little too closely for comfort. As these young but maturing artists grapple with disappointment and how to define success in a difficult industry, we as artists are presented with the question: why are we even doing this? As a design team, we wanted to honor the countless real small start up theatre companies in the area (one of which put on this show!) and my design strove to show a cross section of the way Chicago theatre artists present themselves when offstage, honor the inspiration of Three Sisters, as well as fulfill some script specific requirements, like a white free people dress that could handle a nightly wine dousing, a stylish cape, a bolo tie and more, all while working on a shoe string budget.
Scenic Design- Dana Macel
Lighting Design- Alex Beal
Director- Rebecca Willingham
Photographs- Montana Bruns
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged
For this production of The Complete works of William Shakespeare, Abridged, we wanted to take the three characters and give them a rock and roll edge and combine it with the wacky, slapstick comedy of the show. I used a lot of leather and autumn colors for the main costumes, and gave each main character a modern outfit with a renaissance style piece to add on one they entered the storytelling portion of the show. Each of the characters they portray in all of Shakespeare's plays had accessories, simple pieces, or wigs to differentiate them.
Scenic Design- Tony Curtis
Lighting Design- Kyle Harris
Director- Melanie Mason
Photographs courtesy of Theatre Arlington