Wow. I feel like a new woman now that the play is over! What an enormous amount of work!
The musical “Barnum” is the story of PT Barnum and how he came to be a part of the Barnum and Bailey Circus. We had a cast of eighty to dress with THREE costume changes per student (not including the leads, who each had four or five changes). That amounted to about three hundred costumes.
It should be said that fitting teenage girls to three costumes a piece is a work of torture for many reasons, most of which have to do with hormones.
Here are Hannie B’s three costume changes. I wanted to share some of my other favorites, but didn’t want to have to ask permission from parents to put their kids pictures on my blog.
This first costume is for a number called Black and White. The entire cast is in black and white. There isn’t a stitch of color on the stage during the number. The dancing and song in this number are my favorite! Plus Hannie B. is right up front for the number.
I picked out this bodice from an old prom dress for Hannie B. She fell in love with the ruffles. We attached it to a black tank and used some of her leggings from home to bring in the white and put this outfit over the top.
Next up is Hannie B’s “New Circus” costume. The costumes for this number needed to sparkle, shine and have lots of wacky color. This magenta tutu with black trim was a great fit. We made a hair bow to match it and then added wacky socks and bright shoes from Target.
The entire cast had amazing costumes for this number. We picked them from a collection the director had. The stage just lit up with sequins, color and smiles. It made me feel great to see the kids feel so good about their costumes.
Hannie B’s last costume was for the “Old Circus”. This number could have color, but no sparkle. We outfitted the entire cast AND THEN my girl came up all dismayed because I had skipped over her and she had no costume. We searched through the bins of costumes and found this darling polka dot jumper.
It needed straps, so I took it home, added some gross grain ribbon in red and included a fun belt in the same blue but with contrast trim in a bandana pattern. Hannie B picked out the red and white socks and polka dot bow herself. Even though all of the patterns are different, they work together and definitely scream CIRCUS!
This was Hannie B’s favorite costume. You can’t tell though, can you?
So, there it is. The past three months of my life in six photos. A lot of hard work. But really, and I’m not being biased, the show was UNBELIEVEABLE. Like not Middle School level. One mom even told me it was better than West Side Story which was just down the street at a local high school. Yay!
A few quick observations:
- Yes, my daughter has a Jersey Shore face tan line. Short of covering her entire arms, shoulders, neck and décolletage with foundation, it couldn’t be avoided. She is just SO WHITE.
- False eyelashes are the bomb diggety. I want some.
- My daughter is beautiful.
- Every girl had to wear a nude leotard under all her costumes – you know – to keep things modest!