Narnia…how, no seriously HOW! did Narnia not get a post! Oh, because I was basically living in Narnia while we were working on the show and I felt like there was no world aside from Narnia and, therefore, assumed everyone was living in this world with me. Surprise! There is life after Narnia, and you were not all in it. Sorry about that.
For those of you who don’t know, last semester the dance studio I work for did a production of Narnia as the annual Christmas Show. I got the opportunity to work on a lot of the choreographies and even perform a little as well as take on the responsibility of Costume Mistress. Apparently there were somewhere around 2,000 kids to be costumed. I am not sure if this is correct, but I know it was a lot. And that number still makes my head spin a little. Luckily, I had some awesome costume minions who helped make it all possible – you know who you are!
My mother is the costume guru and made so many dance costumes for the studio I started with as a wee one. Without all the time spent being pinned in or helping hand glue sequins, I don’t think I would have had the creative knowledge to come up with everything we put together for the show. Her help continued to be invaluable as she and I were literally “show and tell” -ing via skype to sort out ideas and she was out shopping for fabric and craft supplies not available here or too expensive to buy. I could probably start a seriously successful craft/fabric store in Stavanger…THAT is one thing I did miss when I needed lots of different options. But we made due and then I even dragged the costume queen over for a visit with the not so secret goal of having her help me create the arguably most important piece of the show…Aslan!
Once we figured out the best approach for our goal, it was quite fun, and I think we are both extremely proud of him! Plus he is super soft for petting 😉
Here is a bit of the process:
Day 1 after the sculpting of the foam…looks a lot like Rafiki 😉
Covered his face and added a mane and a body…warrior aslan! But a kind a warm warrior. I love that it looks like he is asking a question
Painting Begins and improvements on the mane:
I think he turned out to be quite a success as did the rest of the show…here are a few other photos I borrowed from the performance experience…