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.
Here's a great little project for converting a long coat into a pirate coat. This would also be a great navy officer coat, or even a base for some sweet steampunk fashion.
Emilio Sosa knows his fabrics. He likes diving into research. He’s adept at collaborating with everyone from tailors and sewers to directors like George C. Wolfe and Phylicia Rashad. He’s got an incredible eye for design...and he stays cool under pressure. Join Emilio Sosa, who most recently worked with Center Theatre Group on August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, as he talks about what it takes to become a costume designer in theatre, how he got his start, and his first big break.
The glamorous outfits of “Scandal’s” women are practically a character on the show, and legions of loyal “gladiators” study every designer blouse and coat from home; join Elizabeth Wagmeister backstage to talk to costume designer Lyn Paolo and costar Portia de Rossi (“Elizabeth North”) about what they wear and the details that make the show look so delicious.
Center Theatre Group Carpenter Kate Harrow builds, loads in, repairs, and strikes scenery for shows at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Downtown Culver City. Watch her review plans, work with wood, and handle a pretty big saw in our latest Working in Theatre video. She also talks about her education at USC, her big break in summer stock, and what it’s like to be a woman in an industry that’s traditionally seen as male-dominated.
Salvador Perez’s work is very diverse;he has designed for many TV series including Castle, Moonlight, Veronica Mars and currently The Mindy Project. He is currently the serving president of the Costume Designers Guild, Local 892.
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.