Summer Student Blog Post: Thinking Future Shows and Future Movies

The summer is really heating up, and I”m really getting into the swing of things here at Quick As A Wink!  I had great morning yesterday, organizing donated costumes over at the new building yet again.  Ally and I have been finding all sorts of really fun things!  Some of the highlights from my search yesterday include fur coats, military jackets, sailor suits, ballgowns, and tons of fun hats and hoods.  As I hang them all up, I’m imagining all of the awesome things QAAW will use them for in future productions.  Something Spanish with toreadors and flamenco dancers?  A disco show with jumpsuits and psychedelic patterns?  A swashbuckling tale of pirates and sailors, with long red coats and eye-patches? A story along the Nile with Pharaohs and pyramids?  There are sure to be many more productions involving princes and princesses, featuring the gorgeous formal gowns and velvet coats that we found in our search.  

 Something for Cleopatra perhaps?

Something for Cleopatra perhaps?

 Handsome gold buttons for a handsome prince. 

Handsome gold buttons for a handsome prince. 

We’ve also found plenty of great costumes for Drama Camp!  I don’t want to give too many camp spoilers, but I’ll be very envious of whoever gets to wear some of the dresses we’ve pulled.  I can’t wait until camp starts and we can start trying things on.  We’re finalizing the script this week, making some necessary edits and casting everyone into the perfect role.  I think it’s going to be a super fun show to work on, with something for everyone involved.  

I’m also super excited to start searching for Musical Camp costumes.  Musical Camp is filling up quickly, so be sure to register soon to reserve your spot.  Early Bird pricing is ending soonIt’s bound to be tons of fun.  

I’ve been trying to stay up to date on my theatre news.  Of course, the biggest thing happening on Broadway right now is the hit musical Hamilton.  It has recently won 11 Tony Awards, and is scheduled for a US National Tour and a West End mounting next year.  I would absolutely love to go see it, but unfortunately I’m a poor Master’s student who can’t jet off to New York for the weekend, let alone afford tickets.  One of the best way for the general public to absorb great shows is at the movie theatre, and in the last fifteen years the movie going public has been treated to such greats as Les Miserables, Annie, Chicago, and Rent (In fact The Little Mermaid, the show we just performed was the movie that brought the genre back from a bit of the lull in the 60s and 70s). Still, the genre of Hollywood movie-musical could do for a revitalization.  Hamilton might be just the ticket. Check out this great article from The Huffington Post on the movie-musical genre and what Hamilton could bring to the table.  

Now I need to stop browsing the HuffPost Musical Theatre page and get back to work!

Until my next post,

Shelby 

 

 I loved the front of this dress, especially the little rose buttons.

I loved the front of this dress, especially the little rose buttons.

 A gown fit for a princess

A gown fit for a princess

 Having a bit of fun.  I think this one suits me!

Having a bit of fun.  I think this one suits me!