Friday, 21 August 2009

It's all about the costumes!

Director Michael Harrison blogs about the costumes in Sleeping Beauty:-

The costume plot on the panto is huge as are the Qdos stores in Scarborough. There are literally thousands of costumes to pick from stock but as this is Birmingham we have a lot of new stuff as well!

The costumes in Sleeping Beauty range from the wonderful brand new creations for Carabosse the Witch, Slimeball her son, a selection of "monsters", a whole set of seventies gear for a big 70's sequence in the show and some traditional outfits for Princess Beauty to the 22 costume changes for Ceri Dupree.

We don't make or design Ceri's costumes. He designs them himself and has a team of makers to prepare them. This is common with the very best Dames in the country. The costumes are part of the character so off the shelf items simply don't work. I can't give away the things Ceri will be doing in the show but the costumes are stunning.

The other interesting costume is the new outfit being made for the Enchantress. The Enchantress is a very magical character. She flies throughout the air so has a beautiful set of wings and her costume lights up. I've used a lot of "light up" costumes over the years and they work really well to help create the magic.

Its always important to have a stunning finale in the Birmingham panto and this year the colour is turquoise. Everything must match in the finale including the costumes and sets. Ceri has had to see pictures of the existing costumes to match his new creation up with what everyone else will be wearing. If you thought the peacock head dress at the launch was good... you aint seen nothing yet!

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