Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Knee deep in rubber bats
I am designing the costumes and am finding that the scenes which are the shortest are requiring the most work. Example: a two minute song called Children, Children is becoming a HUGE animal body puppet number with an owl, a squirrel, a lynx, some butterflies, a deer, a bear, a wolf, and - I kid you not - a moose. Our scenic designer has taken these over by turning their construction into a workshop on this type of puppet/costume. She is marvelous with this type of thing, and the students are getting a lot out of it.
Second example: A scene in which a character is recalling her rape by a flock of bats (don't ask, just come see the show) and I must create a bat covered dress which she can slip into by running behind a rock and then running back on. She runs around in it and screams, and runs off. For this I am ordering 50, count 'em, 50 rubber bats in two different sizes.