Our Spring Musical this year is R and H's Cinderella. When we did this show in the early 2000's, the magic of the Broadway reboot had not hit audiences yet. There wasn't so much pressure to wow audiences with the costumes. But this time around I'm feeling the pressure to put some wow factor costumes on stage. But, my strongest seamstress parents have graduated, and our budget is tight this year. So, if anyone has some tricks to share on inexpensive and easy to build Cinderella costume magic, I'm all ears!!!
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Hi,We did the R&H Cinderella (Enchanted Edition) last year and I made the decision to base the "transformation" dress on the dress that the Cinderella repurposes to go to the ball (her mother's dress that she finds in the trunk). The script calls for Cinderella to come out in the dress she's fixed up....the steps ruin it by ripping things off of it....and then Cinderella is supposed to take that dress OFF and get back into her rags (the transformation version) ON STAGE....OR run off stage after she puts her rags back on and have the fastest quick change EVER to get int the transformation version of her rags costume.It worked out really well how we did it. The step-mother ripped off the overskirt. Each step-sister ripped off a sleeve. That left Cinderella in the bodice of the ruined dress with the "underskirt" and panniers. This is what the ball gown was hidden in. The shoulders of the bodice on the ruined had velcro on them and down each side seam. So, when Cinderella spun around as the Fairy Godmother worked her magic, the actress crossed her arms in front of her then when her back was to the audience, she pulled the front of the bodice down. It was attached to the UNDER side of the skirt of the magic ballgown, so as she spun and the magic ballgown skirt unfolded, the old bodice disappeared under the magic dress. We bought 2 of the final ballgown dress. One to make into the transformation dress and the second one the actress changed into during intermission so we could add more crinoline under the skirt to make if fuller (and so old bodice hiding under the skirt wasn't accidentally seen as she twirled and waltzed).The mice and cat came out to comfort Cinderella during the little reprise and tried to help "fix it" before they ran off stage to go to mother's tree. FG gave Cindy the shoes and a shoulder "shrug" that came out in the carriage. The shoulder shrug was because the bare shoulder in the ball scene didn't look quite right with all of the other costumes, so we added a shoulder shrug to the act 2 version of the ball gown.
This is the video I showed my seamstress to help her out. She didn't like the front release, so devised the rip away shoulders and sides. Personally, I thought the video made it look pretty easy to do the way it shows....but I'm not a sewer....so, what do I know! In any case, it ended up great and got "Oh! Wow!" every night.
How to make a transforming Cinderella dress - easy! (Prototype)Can't believe I never got a video of our dress! But I do have a few pictures.IMG_3807.jpg