Tuesday, July 16, 2019

IT'S BEEN A WHILE


The last 2 weeks of the 2019 summer stock build got crazy busy, than we went on vacation.

Because I haven't done a costume post in ages, I thought I'd show you my favorite costume this summer. Our season is Mamma Mia (all the shows have been sell outs, yeah!) Little Woman, yes there's a musical based on the Alcott book, and Crazy for You( hence the "crazy busy" remark). People will pop into the shop and tell us how much they love the costumes and ask where we get them. I always give them the same answer " It depends on the show". This summer we pulled/bought/borrowed/rented Mamma Mia, rented Little Woman, and built/pulled/borrowed/rented Crazy For You. Mamma Mia is sent in Greece in modern day, Little Woman is Civil War 1860's New England and Crazy for You is 1930's. No way do we have time to build crinolines, frock coats and the 64 costumes that are in Little Woman. We rented the costumes from Maine State Theatre and Wardrobe Witchery. This is my favorite costume from Maine State.

 

 Yes, this sad looking peasant dress worn by the hag in Jo Marchs story.

 It's raggedy, have been distressed and seen better days. So, why do I love it so much?

 Look how those bars are sewn on! There all the way down the back of the bodice and on the sleeves. The ribbon at the side we sewed on because the dress was a little bit too small for the actor and no way in Hell are we moving those bars.

 The skirt was sown on with cartridge pleating. Beautiful hand work. And there's this:

The original label!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! How does a theatre company in the state of Maine get a costume from the Royal Opera House in London? I've done some image research and can't find any photos from this Falstaff or who Pobjoy might be. Anybody ever heard of an actor with that name?

Speaking of the 2019 season, it all ends next Sunday. Only 8 more shows, then goodbye. There's a few weeks before the Fall 2019 semester starts and we do it all over again. I'm looking forward to Othello in November.


 

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

WEIRD DOLL WEDNESDAY, PART 346                                                                                                                                                  "It's a nice day for a White Walker". I couldn't help that, it had to be said.

 Maybe a dead guy and a dead horse? Don't know what was really up with the White Walkers/Others. Maybe the next 2 books will explain better. Oh, and these happened.                                                                                                                                                                          

"The night is dark and full of Oreos". 

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

WEIRD DOLL WEDNESDAY, PART 345                                                                                                                                                  In the past couple of day, it seem like every time I turn on the news, she on my TV. Here's to the longest reining monarch ever.                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Queen Elizabeth II.                                                                            


Hey, Netflix.... when's The Crown coming back?

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

WEIRD DOLL WEDNESDAY, PART 344                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               All Hail, King Brandon Stark, AKA Bran The Broken, The 3-Eyed Raven, ect, ect, ect.                                                                   
He's the first Stark to be king, I'd say "sit on the Iron Throne", but Drogon kind of got pissed and melted it down. I know the show is over, but this fall even more of these silly dolls are going to be available, yeah!

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

WEIRD DOLL WEDNESDAY, PART 343                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              RIP Mother of Dragons, Breaker of Chains, Roaster of 100,000's of Innocent Citizens of King's Landing.                                                                                                                                      Dany went a tad bit bat-shit, so her boyfriend/nephew did a Nissa Nissa on her and stabbed her in the heart. Ok, it's only a TV show, but people seem to have lost their minds. Can you believe someone started a petition--that has 1million names- to re-film season 8? Get a grip.                                                                       
 Dany in her Breaker of Chains mode. She freed the slaves around Slavers Bay in Essos. Good for her.                                                    
 Mother of Dragons mode. She is blood of the dragon.                        
 Fighting the Army of the Dead mode, yeah the living won (Thanks, Arya Stark)                                                                        

Dany and Drogon in Burn Them All mode. What was really bad about her deciding to burn King's Landing, is they surrender and she won.                                                                                                                                                                                  Game of Thrones, the TV show is over. The Song of Ice and Fire book series still has 2 more volumes. I can't wait to read them so I can find out how it "really" ends.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

WEIRD DOLL WEDNESDAY, PART 342                                                                                                                                                  So, episode 5 happened and people are losing their shit.                      
 Here's Dany, Mother of Dragons, Breaker of Chains, Destroyer of the Innocent, etc. I'll get back to her in a moment.                        
 The first death was Varys, AKA The Spider. He was BBQed by the dragon for "betrayal" of Dany. (Watch your back, Sansa) He thought she was turning into her Father, The Mad King. Hmm.....maybe.                                                                                                                                      
 Awe, the Lannister Twins, Cersei and Jamie. Born together, died together. When you're hiding in the Red Keep's basement and a dragon is destroying the place, and the ceiling falls on you....yeah, you're dead.


The Mountain and The Hound, AKA the Cleagane Brothers finally had the showdown a lot of fans wanted, CLEAGANE BOWL! Both met a fiery death. I don't have a Hound figurine.                                                                                                                                                  That's not all                                                        
Euron "The Crazy Pirate" was killed by Jamie.
       
Qyburn "The Mad Scientist" was killed by The Mountain.

Harry "We Hardly Know Ya" Strickland and the Golden Co.
and Probably half to three quarters of the citizens of King's Landing got BBQed by Drogon when The Breaker of Chains went full on, bat shit "Burn them all" crazy. Hmm... looks like Varys was right, and a lot of fans think Arya added another name to her list, Dany. Next week should be a very interesting episode, it's the final one.

 











Wednesday, May 8, 2019

WEIRD DOLL WEDNESDAY, PART 341                                                                                                                                                   Rest in peace, Rhaegal. Because getting a scorpion bolt through your neck pretty much means you're dead. To the part of the fanbase that thinks he'll float up on the beach of Dragonstone....nope.                                                                           
 And Ghost? Survived the Battle of Winterfell, to just be given to Tormund because "he doesn't belong in the South", bad Jon!  Buddy, you need all the help you can get.
Dany's BFF, Missandei also was killed in the last episode . I don't think she was a figurine. Thanks to The Mountain. Don't know why Missandei wasn't left in Esso to look after the place. She didn't seem to have much to do once the show moved to Dragonstone, except have a show only love story with Grey Worm.   Next week is The Battle of King's Landing, where there will be lots of dead characters.