Costuming for Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

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COSTUMING FOR JEKYLL and HYDE

What a challenge!  While costuming a show may look easy it isn’t – especially when it’s set in London in 1886. The details that go into the set extend to the wardrobe as well. Correct sizes is only one of the problems.  In a show such as this, the costumes need to look the same because of the numerous actors playing the same role. In addition, they need to be distinguishable enough that the actors don’t confuse their costume with someone elses. We are very lucky that we have several theatre groups in town and borrow from each other a lot of the time.  Throw into the mix, the fact that a woman plays a man’s role only make my job harder. How do you use a pattern that is cut for a man when you need to make the woman look sexy? All I can say is “Thank heaven that this is October! There’s plenty of stuff to choose from at Savers. They know me by name”. Which can be to one’s advantage or disadvantage, depending on the habits of the costumer.  I, myself, prefer to start from scratch and I hate hand sewing. Here at the El Paso Playhouse we store all our costumes and save them from previous shows so pulling them out and altering them is basically what we do. A choir robe becomes a medical assistant’s gown and a vintage man’s shirt becomes a vest. Well, I better get back to my sewing dungeon. It’ll be dark in a few hours and my candle is melting fast. Hope you enjoy the show!

Frieda Voeks

El Paso Playhouse