Open Forum

making costumes

  • 1.  making costumes

    Posted 09-13-2018 09:41
    Good morning. I have two "dogs" as characters in my upcoming production. Anyone have suggestions on making a dog costume, or good places to rent/buy? We are using a prosthetic mask for the face/muzzle, along with makeup. Really need a body suit type of deal. 

    Mark Dobbs
    Fairview High School
    12 English, 12 AP English, Theatre
    "Cultivating Growth in Every Student"

  • 2.  RE: making costumes

    Posted 09-14-2018 05:40
    This probably isn't going to be very helpful, but might be good for a laugh.

    When I picked up our drama club, I found some shredded bath mats, the long yarn kind with the non-skid back. All these pieces were pinned together with safety pins. I later found out, after discarding the two masses of mat bits, that they were the dog costumes a parent created for Nana in Peter Pan. I'm sorry to say that I laughed about these creations in front of the parent who made them. Perhaps, from the distance of the stage, they worked. But, oh dear.

    Rob Lussier

  • 3.  RE: making costumes

    Posted 09-14-2018 07:55
    You could use an overly large sweat shirt and sweat pants of the same color - Simple, yet gets the idea across. Sew a tail onto a belt.  Then ears (on a headband) to go with the nose. The acting should make the part believable.

    Valerie Farschman, Drama Director
    MLS Theatre Company, Troupe 1422
    Marion L Steele High School
    Amherst, Ohio

  • 4.  RE: making costumes

    Posted 09-15-2018 07:31
    Find a large stuffed animal at a thrift, or even from a cast member. Unstuff it and use the casing as the costume. I had a student do this for a children's production, and it worked really well!

    Rebecca Black
    Wayland MI

  • 5.  RE: making costumes

    Posted 09-16-2018 18:06
    Why not turn the actors into puppets? Used mops can go a long way. I was reminded of this in a workshop this weekend- check out clips of Pig Pen Theater! 

  • 6.  RE: making costumes

    Posted 09-15-2018 07:59
    Depending on the timing of your production, I wonder if any of the halloween stores will have anything?? We have one here that a good friend of mine made for another production. It looks awesome on and off stage. It looks like a large jumpsuit made out of fabric fur and a head piece in the same material with ears.

    Good luck.

    James Fry
    Director of Student Life and the Malvern Theatre Society
    Malvern, PA