The Doctor is in!

From the Good Doctor

Madness, murder and general misbehaving. What’s a poor priest to do? Arm herself with a sturdy cross, that’s what. Luckily this Doctor of Divinity has kin who is more than kind. Her sister crafted this talisman to help throw off the scent of what evil lurks.

Cross necklace from Spirit Collections by Sherry…the Spirit always endures (

~ Laura Arwood, DD

Hamlet R&G Doctor Cross png

Sherry Cross Chain and Bell Choice


i LOVE a good idea!

I am very lucky.
I have a tremendous tech team, and they are patient, understanding, and full of inspirational ideas.
Sunday night we have a VERY long meeting (sorry guys!) to make up for missing one prior. Good news is that it went by fairly quickly (at least for me) and we came up with some really AMAZING ideas.

We solved set piece problems, backdrop questions, settled on some costume pieces, began to prep the forthcoming “Wheres Alfred” campaign, and worked through the most unique curtain calls…
…and then I went to dinner with my SM and she and I took that “most unique curtain calls” decision and (with some help from our lighting maven).
Truth is, Im SO excited by it, I WONT share, because it will be SO worth it to see it yourself!

So start thinking about when you want to come see the shows. They will surprise you, entertain, and evoke sentiment. How awesome is that?

-Julya (director)

Busy, but worth it!

Realized the other day how much work and how busy I will be over the summer, but it will be very, very worth it.

Working backstage is always fantastic and being in somewhere like Burning Coal will be great.  Running Crew Chief looks to be a work-heavy job during the show, but I just hope Julya doesn’t keep me TOO busy.  🙂

Performing with these fantastic people?! I can’t wait!

-Serenity (Tech/Ensemble/Running Crew Chief/etc)

Creative solutions!

we held our completion casting auditions on saturday and between the Fayetteville road closures, people accepting roles in other (conflicting) shows, and illness, we had a handful of the 15ish we were expecting.

that being said, we had some great auditioners – actually, they were all great in their own ways – and we were able to cast a couple.  in trying to make conflicts work i was able to cast one person with conflicts due to a terrific creative solution, mostly because  of my Rosencrantz, Noelle (who has worked with me for the last 6+ years), who made a terrific suggestion.  i was just smart enough to act on it!  so now im feeling good about what can be done, and i think that the audience will be pleased at how i can integrate an actor with conflicts… of course, no one will really KNOW who that was, but still.  LOL

we are still, however, looking for folks who can help backstage.  this show is going to require lots of moving bodies, especially bodies who can also be a part of the human props/set pieces.  so if you want to be in a show, but dont want to memorize lines, or if you want to help out backstage – get some credit/volunteer hours/something you need for school, do let us know!

if not, im sure we’ll find a creative solution to that, too!

Fabric, fabric everywhere but not a drop to sew

Greetings all,

I am the head costumer, Lauren, and I am looking forward to working on this show.  I’ve been sewing for 20ish years and doing costumes for staged productions for at least 5ish.  I started sewing in Girl Scouts to get my sewing badge but craftiness is in my blood and that was just an excuse to start learning.  In high school and college I did a lot of anime cosplaying and also joined the SCA for a while.  Right now, I’m a stay-at-home mom and mostly sew for my daughter.  Right this minute I have a She-ra costume I’m working on for her that I’m adapting from a Tinkerbell costume pattern by Simplicity.

Yesterday, I went to Joann Fabrics to start buying patterns and look again for fabrics for Gertrude and Ophelia’s dresses.  There was a sale on Vogue patterns and there was one in particular that I really felt I could modify into a wonderful dress for our Gertrude.  The problem I run into time and again is finding the right FABRIC for a costume.  The choices are so limited, especially if you’re looking for something in the wrong “season.” In this case we are looking to do a multi-colored effect and it also needs to look pretty opulent and flowy.  Special occasion fabric is there year-round so I didn’t think I was going to have a problem finding something for this dress.  Each character is going to have a color associated with them and Gertrude’s is red.  I found Scarlet, Tango Red and Bordeaux in their Casa Collection special occasion fabrics (also on sale, luckily for longer than the patterns were) and they would all go great together in the final dress… if only they had the right fabric styles I needed in all the colors!

fabric aisles

So many choices, but are any right?

I looked online and they don’t even have the Scarlet color at all on their online shop, and apparently you need to buy 2 yards minimum online and I really only need 1 yard for the bordeaux in the same fabric type that I can get the scarlet in at the store.  Budget is tight and I don’t know that I can use that extra for something else.  So what am I to do?  Scarlet and bordeaux need to be the same type or the dress will not look right.  Will I pick a different color?  Will I check other online fabric stores for similar colors in the correct fabric type?  Will I dye something? Or will I learn to weave my own fabric?  Stay tuned and you may just find out.

-Lauren (Head Costumer)

Vintage look & feel!

Hello blog readers!

This is Alex one of the costumers for Hamlet/R&G. I have spent a frightening amount of time recently looking at vintage pictures of fashion and hair from the 1920s/30s/40s. Part of this is for the show (think vintage inspired) and part of it is from my own obsession. The 1920s were such a great time for fashion, there was the explosion of women, suddenly women were liberated from dull structures and no makeup and they came out with a bang. Hair was chopped, as the bob soared in population (as a bob-wearer I appreciate my history), women began wearing ox red lipstick and wearing rouge in public. Hem lengths lifted (ankles and calves gasp!) and stockings became more of a statement and less of a nuisance. When you get to the late 20s the flapper look hit and that’s when we see the “classic 20s” look of a shapeless shift flapper dress. There are some true works of beauty in the flapper dresses, we aren’t talking crappy target Halloween costumes (no shame guys I’ve bought one too) but works of art (Exhibit A B and C).

If you are looking for some 1920s inspiration below are some of my favorite 1920s looks!

PS- Is anyone else completely psyched for the fantastic fashion of The Great Gatsby (May 10th here I come!)

Modcloth’s beautiful 1920s inspired section!
Every fashionista’s idol- Coco Chanel
Some seriously beautiful pieces!
Downton’s wonderful 1920s fashion (my favorite part of this depressing season)
Gatsby fashion!
More 1920s inspiration!

On that note I’m off to work on a borrow list for the show I should have finished. Hopefully next update we’ll have some exciting thrift shop purchases!

Stay classy folks,
Alex (head costumer for Players and Ensemble; assistant for all others)

From our youngest tech member

Hey, it’s Serenity! I’m probably the youngest tech working on R&G and Hamlet and I really cannot wait to work on this fantastic show. And my title is pretty cool: “Running Crew Chief/ Ensemble Cheif/ Whatever Julya Wants Me To Do” 🙂

-Serenity (you name it, I do it)