Yesterday was opening night for ACT’s Picasso at the Lapin Agile and I couldn’t be more proud of the cast and the entire production staff. Hopefully this explains my hiatus from blogging — preparing for a show is a huge time commitment. I’m so glad to have been a part of this production and I’m really happy with how the costumes came out.
Even though I wasn’t able to watch the show last night (I need to stay backstage to help with a couple of quick changes) I could certainly hear it — and the audience was roaring with laughter. This show is hilarious and the cast is immensely talented.
The last time I blogged about the show I told you about my awesome finds at a vintage shop, so let me fill you in on what I’ve been up to since then. I got a few costume pieces at the Goodwill by my school, repurposed a couple of items from my own wardrobe, ordered some items online, and picked up a couple of tricky items from a costume shop in Philadelphia. Nearly every costume needed to be altered, hemmed and embellished. All the characters have hats, wigs, coats, aprons, scarves, jewelry and purses. Since the play takes place in October, it’s more realistic for the characters to need to take off their coats when they enter. I had several discussions with the director and the set designers about adding a coat rack and hat hooks to the set. I had another long discussion with the director afterwards where we discussed which hooks the actors would use to hang their coats. Only in theatre would people spend 15 minutes talking about hanging up a coat!
I am so proud of the hard work that went into the costumes and I am especially thankful for my three lovely costume assistants who helped me so much.
So without further ado — here are the costumes for Picasso at the Lapin Agile! Let me know what you think!