I. love. costumes. I am especially excited for THESE costumes because it is the first time I’ll have them made specifically for me, from scratch!
Up to this point, I have only ever worn costumes previously created for someone else and modified to fit me. Some still have other people's name tags in them from years of being rented, and passed between theaters for productions around the country. See a few of my favorites from past shows below- they each had a long history before I got to wear them!
Our incredible costume designer for The Sound of Music is the legendary Jane Greenwood. She has been a costume designer on Broadway for over fifty years! - These costumes are going to be the real deal.
When costumes are made for a show, the designers usually sketch out their ideas, build 'first drafts' based on your measurements, then call the actors in to have 'fittings' where we try on the costumes and make sure they are just right!
For my first fitting, I went to Eric Winterling’s magical studio where the walls are filled with sketches of costumes that have been made there for shows including The Phantom of the Opera, Wicked, Mary Poppins, The Book of Mormon, to name a few! I was starstruck and thrilled to meet him. In the first fitting, Eric took my measurements, and assistant Greer traced and measured my feet for shoes. Then I got to peek at the fantastic sketches for our show before leaving!
The next time I came to the studio, the team had created muslin mock ups of my costumes. Jane was there to make sure they looked and fitted right before making the final versions out of the real material. It’s so fun to see it all come together! Then Tommy, the wig designer‘s assistant made a mold of my head to build my wig from. This is a very unusual and funny process. First, he put my hair in pin curls and a wig cap, then wrapped saran wrap all over my head, taped over it with clear packing tape so it would hold it’s shape, and finally traced my hairline with sharpie.
The next step will be seeing the final versions of the costumes- stay tuned! I can’t wait!!!