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the role of the costume designer

If you chose to serve on the  COSTUME DESIGN TEAM for this semester's Advanced Acting show, you are responsible for participating in design team meetings as well as growing as a designer during the rehearsal and performance process.


If serving on the Costume Design Team, you are ALSO responsible for independently learning about the role of a costume designer as outlined below. 


Please be sure you have your Acting/Design Binder (to collect/document your learning) and your  Process Journal (to reflect on your process/journey).

PART III: dress/tech rehearsals




Task #1:  Tech/Dress Deadline (Formative Grade):   Prior to Dress/Tech rehearsals, all costumes & costume pieces should be complete.  Artistic aspects, such as detail work (sewing on finishing touches, alterations, etc.) may still be on-going, but the actual costumes must be completed prior to the first Tech rehearsal. 

Note:  It is the job of the Costume team to be sure everyone is equipped with appropriate undergarments - if needed - as well as shoes and tights/socks.  Please be sure you've communicated these needs with actors far enough in advance if this responsibility falls to them.  Providing actors with pictures, and/or links of where to find the items, is most helpful.

Task #2:  Watch & Respond (Formative Grade)

Video:  Behind the Scenes at Disney's Aladdin

Journal Entry:  Calltime​ / Pre-Show Checklist

1. In professional theatre, as shown in this video, what are the (specific) tasks performed by YOUR (assigned) role prior to a show?  

2.  What are some of the things that YOU could put on YOUR Pre-Show checklist to be sure our show runs smoothly?  (Think of ALL the things necessary from the time you enter the black box until the show starts, including things like "Where do I put my personal belongings?" or "Where should this prop be pre-set?" or "What's the best place for this quick change to happen?" Etc.  Don't forget to include "sign in" on your checklist.)

Task #3:  Pre-Show Checklist (Formative Grade):  You will create YOUR Pre-Show Checklist with ALL tasks to consider prior to the show.  This MUST be well-thought out and completed/hung up PRIOR to the FIRST dress/tech rehearsal.  Type and print your checklist (with your name in large font at the top) and hang in a designated area backstage.  (Keep in mind that you will most likely need to add to this list from things you learn or are reminded of in dress/tech rehearsals.

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