Some of you may not know this, but before I blogged about frugal living and my family adventures, I was a costume designer. I made and sold costumes for a living. All kinds of crazy stuff: Corsets, Harry Potter Robes, Jedi Costumes, Roman, Egyptian, Biblical, and Renaissance. Heck, once I made a Prince Charming costume for a groom to surprise his bride with at the reception.
Last year, my husband decided that he wanted to put in a bid to direction a production of Romeo &Juliet with PowPac and co-produce it with Pickwick Players. His bid was accepted, and the magic began! Many hours go into the production of a play.
I was lucky enough to design the costumes for the cast. I love creating costumes that suit both the actor and their character. Small details that reveal more of the characters.. well character. Colors, fabrics, and the lines and fit of costume can really reveal a lot about a characters motives or intentions.
And while the set is very barren and modern (UV lights, glow in the dark, and LED lighting is utilized), the costumes and language are classic. And you may notice for the photos I’ve posted that there is also gender blind casting. From this article, “The show used gender-blind casting, something Hewes called both modern and very old. “Shakespeare had no problem with unisex casting, plus it was the law,” said Hewes. “So I didn’t either. I wanted to open the male roles to women.” Hewes said this was to make sure he had the best casting for the role, no matter what gender, and also because it is easier to find female actors than male.”
Here is an article that was published in the San Diego Union Tribune about the show.
I am also lucky enough to sponsor a giveaway for a pair of tickets to the show. Entering is EASY PEASY. All you have to do is leave a comment with your favorite play of all time. It doesn’t have to be Shakespeare either. It can be the Spongebob Musical (yes, that’s a thing).
I’ll select a winner at random at 7/19/18 about dinner time. Tickets will be held at PowPac will call under the winners name and are good for any showing of the play.
Photo credit: Adriana Zuniga-Williams