By: Lisa Middleton
I love Halloween – it’s such a great time of year! And working here at the Festival, I have a lot to draw on for my costume ideas. Our Costume and Props Warehouse is a treasure trove filled with some of the best outfits ever created for the stage. I wish I could bring all of these amazing pieces home with me, but since I can’t, I’ll do the next-best thing: take a tour of the Warehouse and soak up some inspiration. If you haven’t seen this place before, I highly recommend that you book a visit – we have kept almost everything since our first performance in 1953! Tours only operate during the theatre season, so for those of you who won’t be here over the next few days, let me give you a virtual introduction to the Warehouse – and hopefully help out with some last-minute costume ideas!
Drowning in my fur-lined robe… This 40-pound beauty was created for the 1990 production of Love for Love.
Now this is better… Feeling more at home in this gorgeous cream feathered jacket created by Debra Hansen for the 1993 production of Gypsy!
Getting into one of these isn’t easy…
But somehow I automatically feel more like a lady when I put it on!
A pair of “breeches” designed by Debra Hansen for Macbeth…
I like them better as arm-warmers – they’re easier to get on that way!
All this fun is making me sleepy! This silky number was created by Patrick Clarke for the 1989 performance of Titus Andronicus / The Comedy of Errors.
Will the real Lisa please stand up?
Looking regal in this cape designed by Martha Man for the 1995 prodcution of Macbeth!
I hear black is a slimming colour… Don’t tell my boss!
Vrrrooommmmm, I’m ready to roll now.
I don’t think I am wearing this the right way… It looks more like I have a spider on my head.
I’m definitely not ready to be a show girl yet!
Maybe a bit over the top for a Monday afternoon at work?
Is that Anne Boleyn?
Feeling like Little Miss Muffet.
I hope you were able to find some inspiration and have a few laughs as you read through this blog! The Warehouse is always tons of fun to visit – you even get the chance to try on costumes during your tour! To find out more, please follow this link: http://www.stratfordfestival.ca/OnStage/beyond.aspx?id=517
Which was your favourite photo?
Happy Halloween, everyone!