CATS' Tyler Hanes shares secrets of the behind-the-scenes singers, performers and costumers at the Neil Simon Theatre, in New York City...

Backstage, on Broadway's Cinderella

The slogan 'Our Heroes are Back' is used to announce that, after an absence of one decade, all major pieces in the Rijksmuseum's collection are back where they belong. This is what happens when they suddenly emerge in an unsuspecting shopping mall somewhere in The Netherlands.

A Day in the life ... I always enjoy the backstage looks at Broadway shows; the costumes, the lights, the action ....

Flashcance is a Broadway touring show that has some toe-tapping music, for sure. Performer Rachel Rak and Dance Captain Natalie Caruncho take us on a short backstage tour to show us a real-time backstage quick change with dressers in attendance, rehearsals and an interview with company members David R. Gordon and Kelly Felthous ...

Ray Coble takes us backstage so we can see the costumes for yet another stage hit ...

Okay, so I know every Costumer has their own good and bad stories about Child Wranglers, but I thought we should hear Felicia Velasco, the guardian for a show's young cast members talk about her work while they're at the theatre for performances and rehearsals. As a combined authority figure and assistant, she ensures the child actors are prepared, are kept safe, and helps to manage their downtime. Seen here working with the girls at The People in the Picture, she compares it to previous wrangling assignments, and finds the upsides to a career as a child wrangler.

Felicia sounds like she's on top of her game alright; she always knows where the children are when not on stage, and this is very important. The entire backstage area is very dark and often the stagehands are moving show props, costumes or scenery around between the cues and acts, so wranglers are usually advised to keep the children away from backstage until their cue to go on. Always remember, as Costumers, we are not necessarily responsible for the child performers; every gig is so different. But, if you ever think a child's safety or well-being is in question, take your concerns to your supervisor.

What's it like to work on a stage crew behind the scenes, during a show?

Performer Sheryl Lee Ralph takes us backstage at WICKED and introduces us to Dresser Catherine Goetschius ...

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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.