Sunday, September 26, 2021

Costume Department: Meet the Team

By: Jessica Marvin/Sophomore Writer

Have you ever wondered who’s behind the beautiful costumes featured in Blue Ridge’s musicals? Meet the artists in charge of an important part of bringing life to our stage.

 

Ms. Parsons,  head of costuming

RR: When did you first start doing costumes for the Blue Ridge Theatre Department?
JP:  I first started doing costumes for the Theater Department in the 2012-2013 school year and have  [been] assisting ever since.
RR: How did you get into costuming for the shows?
JP:  I first got into costuming when the school started doing club days in the 2012-2013 school year. Mr. Hutchins was in charge of the productions at that time and he asked if I would be interested in taking the Theater Club kids every other club day. He would have them one day to teach them some behind the scenes jobs of the theater such as lighting, sound, backstage crew work and he asked if I would be interested in teaching them about costuming because he knew that I liked to sew. I agreed and had such a great time working on the production of “Wonderland” that I decided to help as long as they wanted me to. When my long term teaching position came to an end, my part of the club ended with it but a couple of students approached me to see if they could stay on and help. That was the start of the costume team.
RR: Best thing about being on the costume team?
JP: The best thing about being on the costume team for me is the creativity of coming up with solutions to some of the costume ideas brought up by the director. An example would be for the show “Cinderella.” Ms. Zakarauskas asked if it would be too hard to create a dress that would transform from rags to a gown onstage for Cinderella. I usually answer, “Let me research that,” and then figure out how to make it work with our budget. I also have to say that the other reward, for me, is seeing the members of the crew gain confidence in their own abilities and grow in their responsibilities.
RR: Are there any aspects of being on the team that you would change?
JP: I like to think the team is constantly changing so that I don’t have anything currently I would change. We are all open to change and this keeps it interesting, promotes creativity, and allows these kids to explore areas of interest beyond the regular curriculum.

 

Jubilee Delgado, sophomore
Jubilee Delgado

RR: When did you first start doing costumes for the Blue Ridge Theatre Department?
JD: I started doing costuming for the shows at Blue Ridge during the fall show of my 7th grade year (2012).
RR: How did you get into costuming for the shows?
JD: All of my friends were in the show (Alice in Wonderland), and they wanted me to stay after one day to watch rehearsal, and throughout it, my friend Ana and I noticed Ms. Parsons working on something interesting, so we decided to check it out. We ended up helping her out with the costumes for the show and I just got hooked.
RR: Best thing about being on the costume team?
JD: The best thing for me about being on the costume team is working together with all of the lovely people on the team to create and assign costumes and see all of the finished works on stage together on show week.
RR: Are there any aspects of being on the team that you would change?
JD: I wouldn’t change anything.
RR: If you could chose to do costumes for any show, what would it be and why?
JD: I would love to do costumes for Into the Woods because not only is it my favorite musical, but there is also a wide variety of costumes for that show because of all of the different types of characters and [it] could really test our imaginations.

 

Li Ling Lee, Sophomore
Li Ling Lee

RR: When did you first start doing costumes for the Blue Ridge Theatre Department?
LL: I started doing costumes for the BR theatre department when I was in 8th grade. My first show being Seussical Jr.
RR: How did you get into costuming for the shows?
LL: I believe I got into costuming for the shows because Jubilee asked me to help out and I enjoyed it so much that I continued to be a part of the team.
RR: Best thing about being on the costume team?
LL: I think the best thing about being on the team is seeing our costumes and props make not only the cast happy, but also the audience.
RR: Are there any aspects of being on the team that you would change?
LL: I think I would change our organization and production levels, sometimes we just don’t really feel like doing things on a particular day, so we slack off a little, but we should try to stop doing that. Everything always gets done on time though, so it wouldn’t really matter.
RR: If you could chose to do costumes for any show, what would it be and why?
LL: I think doing costumes for a dance performance would be really cool. The way a dance comes together is not only by the synchronization of the moves, but also by the costumes. They help create the mood of what a dancer is trying to portray through. I think it would really test our imaginations to create costumes that flow well with the movements of the dancer(s).

 

Sequoia Marriott
Sequoia Marriott

RR: When did you first start doing costumes for the Blue Ridge Theatre Department?
SM: I first started doing costuming in 8th grade. My first show working on costumes was Annie.
RR: How did you get into costuming for the shows?
SM: I got into costuming because I loved theatre and wanted to do more to help our school’s plays/musicals. Plus, two of my friends were already in it. The volunteering hours don’t hurt, either.
RR: Best thing about being on the costume team?
SM: The best thing about being on the costume team is getting to see a musical come to life.
RR: Are there any aspects of being on the team that you would change?
SM: I would change the amount of food we get because I like food.
RR: If you could chose to do costumes for any show, what would it be and why?
SM: I would make costumes for Into the Woods for the same reason as Jubilee.

 

Devon Colwell
Devon Colwell

RR: When did you first start doing costumes for the Blue Ridge Theatre Department?
DC: I just joined [this year] during Aladdin.
RR: How did you get into costuming for the shows?
DC: The costume team recruited me to do their dirty work (hot gluing) one day and I really enjoyed it.
RR: What’s the best thing about being on the costume team?
DC: I love seeing everything come together at the end and knowing our costumes helped create the atmosphere.
RR: Are there any aspects of being on the team that you would change?
DC: I think things might run smoother if we were a little more organized.
RR: If you could chose to do costumes for any show, what would it be and why?
DC: I’m not sure, but I really love the elaborate designs of Renaissance Era clothing.

 

 

Kimberly Davenport
Kimberly Davenport grew up in Montrose, Pennsylvania. She currently teaches English and digital journalism at Blue Ridge High School, and is the adviser for the school's online newspaper, the Raider Reader. Kimberly loves traveling, spending time with her family (especially her grandchildren), and can often be found reading a good book.

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