Rae Stephens

Rae Stephens

Saturday, 05 April 2014 00:00

Sharpening Scissors at Home

I'll never forget the first time I returned to the costume shop just as a person, whom I did not know, was holding a large piece of poster paper in one hand and was reaching towards my expensive cutting shears with the other. Yikes! I remember having a horrible feeling in my stomach; danger somehow .... {youtube}Prqv31EosYY{/youtube
Saturday, 05 April 2014 00:00

Mama Mia!

A mother. A daughter. 3 possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you'll never forget! Over 45 million people all around the world have fallen in love with the characters, the story and the music that make Mamma Mia! the ultimate feel-good show! Writer Catherine Johnson's sunny, funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter's quest to discover the identity of her father brings 3 men from her mother's past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. The story-telling magic of ABBA's timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, and every night everyone's having the time of their lives! Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
1415 14th Avenue NW Calgary http://www.jubileeauditorium.com
Saturday, 05 April 2014 00:00

Some actors try so hard .... 

During a fight scene, an actor may place a capsule of stage blood just inside his mouth. When the fake punch is delivered, he bites down on the capsule, releasing the fake blood to spill over his lips and chin. He thought if one blood capsule makes the punch to the jaw look bloody, imagine how good the effect will look with two capsules! He placed two capsules in his mouth and when the other actor swung his fist, he bit down hard. What an effect.... red foamy bubbles started to flow from his mouth, down his chin and out into the air towards the audience with each work he spoke. Too funny; he had forgotten the stage blood recipe he was using included blue dish soap and red food colouring ....
Saturday, 05 April 2014 00:00

Dresser Tips

The night before working as a Dresser I would make sure my Dresser Kit was ready to go. I used a fanny pack to hold my needle book with two threaded needles, scissors, thimble, gum, seam ripper, safety pins, flashlight and note pad and pen. Replenish your kit regularly; check your flashlight batteries, re-thread needles so they are ready to work and replace safety pins if you hand them out. 
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 00:00

Common Acting Areas of the Stage

Stage Costumers and Dressers become familiar with the backstage areas and also the acting areas of the stage.The list of costume changes develops from the rehearsal process. Stage Management informs Wardrobe and these notes become the Doff and Don chart (the who, what and where of costume changes). For example, the location of the first costume change may occur SL (stage left) and the second costume change maybe located SR (stage right). This means the Costumer needs to travel backstage and; 
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The Costumer's Notebook,

The book The Costumer's Notebook is a 295 page comprehensive handbook for Costumers for stage and film including a full Glossary of stage and film industry terms. Sections include methods and tricks for laundry, dyeing, breakdown, Dresser guidelines and protocols for Stage or Film and various size charts for men and women from shoes to gloves. Other Sections include diagrams showing How to Iron A Shirt, How to Tie a Tie and How to Tie a Bow Tie. Costume fittings, costume lay out and costume storage are also discussed.