On Saturday afternoon we travelled to Canberra (Australia's capital city) for the CAT Awards (Canberra Area Theatre Awards) as I was nominated late last year for 'Best Costume Designer" for a Musical' for the production of The Wizard of Oz. It's nearly a year ago since I started work as the Creative Director, costume & set designer. There were fifty five theatre groups from around the country participating in the Cat Awards and seven nominations for Costume Designer
...... and on Saturday night, I won......
I was truly honoured to receive this award, I loved working with all the wonderful children in the show and many creative parents from our local theatre group SHYAC. I walked up onto the stage in front of over 1000 people and with super dooper spot lights following my every move, well I was nervous, my legs went to jelly and I forgot everything that I wanted to say.
There were two main casts so I had to produce two Dorothy costumes, two lions, two scarecrows, two tin men, one Glinda (the good witch), Auntie Em, Uncle Henry, Hunk, Hickory and Zeke and Miss Gulch. We had one wicked witch, one witch of the east, Professor Marvel, 40 Munchkins, Munchkin Mayor, three Munchkin Councillors, The Coroner, three Lullaby League ballet dancers, three Lollipop guild dancers, thirty Tornado costumes, ten Guards, seventy Jitterbug costumes, seventy poppies costumes, ten flying monkeys, three apple tree costumes, seventy Emerald City costumes including the Emerald City Doorman, The Wizard's Guard and of course ....The Wizard of Oz
I used anything I could get my hands on, fabrics, coloured garbage bags, vintage tablecloths, artificial flowers, netting, ribbons, string, feathers, bling and more....
Me above in the workshop sorting all the costumes, every child was a different size and shape and keeping track of all the costumes was a huge job in it's self.
My three apple trees left and the tornado scene above right, I had this wonderful roll of interesting cobweb style plastic and tinsel they they all danced with to created the wind.
Emerald City Salon above, the little hats were made from cushions covers and by the way, did I mention that we had a tiny budget as well, too small to even mention. Everyone that helped sew and created the costumes did it because they loved being involved.