Busy Backstage

Wednesday, May 15, 2013


Have you missed my blog posts? It’s been a busy few weeks ‘round here. My daughter Allison (above, top right), is performing in “Once Upon a Mattress” at her high school. The cast has been rehearsing for months, and I am so impressed with the level of commitment that these kids put into their play.

A week before opening night, Allison told me that they were still in need of costumes for their knights. I stepped up to the challenge and volunteered my services. This was my view for several days….


It was a lot of work, but I managed to create seven costumes, which consisted of tunics, hoods, belts and armbands. All for under $100. Whew! To add to the challenge, all of the actors are girls, so I had to design a costume that wouldn’t give away their feminine figures.

After finishing the costumes, I offered to do the makeup for several of the characters in the play as well. The show is running for 6 nights, plus dress rehearsals, so I’ve been spending several hours each performance turning girls into men, and teenagers into fairytale characters.


I finally got to see the entire production last weekend, with the rest of my family and I was absolutely blown away with the talent of these actors. The “Spanish Panic” dance number alone is worth the price of admission.

If you live in the Spokane area, you can see this play for the final two performances, Thursday and Friday, May 16-17 at 7 pm, at West Valley High School. The cost is just $5 per person.


Krista Ritskes said...

Oh, how I love high school theatre. I was very involved in it and even ended up doing a Theatre major at university, even directed a high school play a few years ago. Your post is bringing back lovely memories for me. :)

Carol said...

$5 is a bargain! wish i lived closer! spent many a year doing costumes for high school musicals. enjoying your posts about it!

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