After nearly 4 months of work, the production finally came together, and “Mary Poppins” was a huge success! Myself and the rest of the cast and crew spent over 80 hours at the high school last week. We were working until the very last minute to get everything ready: all the costumes, props, set pieces, decorating the lobby, printing tickets and programs, and the list goes on. After the performances, we received a lot of positive feedback from the audience members. Adults and kids alike enjoyed all the magical elements that the show brings. It is extremely rewarding seeing it all come together, and see everyone’s hard work pay off. Fort Zumwalt East has never put on a production quite as challenging as this one. There were actors being flown, almost 40 set changes, over 120 costumes, hair and makeup changes between every scene, and dance choreography taken straight from the Broadway version. The director set the bar extremely high with this one, but everyone rose to the occasion. It is truly amazing to see what high school students can pull off. They are capable than much more than we believe them to be at times. I am so grateful to work for the FZE theater department. My experience with “Mary Poppins” was practically perfect in every way. And that’s a wrap!
Since the beginning of November, my life has pretty much been consumed by the world of Mary Poppins. The Fort Zumwalt East (FZE) theater department is producing this show, and the performances are next week! My main role is to produce all of the costumes, hair, and makeup. Which is a LOT! We have over 120 costumes for this show, because there are so many large dance numbers. Plus, all of the main characters change throughout the show. I have been working on this nearly every single day for the last few months. I have accomplished so much, but am still working on getting the finishing touches together this week. I’m sure I will also be doing last minute alterations next week as well.
Up until this point, the cast and crew have rehearsed each individual scene, but have not pieced the whole thing together. So that is what everyone is working on this week! As I see costumes on the stage from an audience’s perspective, I find different issues here and there that need to be addressed. The next couple weeks are going to be extremely tiring, as we are at the school from 7 am to about 11 pm every day. Plus, weekend rehearsals. But, the students are doing some amazing work, so I know that all the long hours will definitely be worth it! As Mary Poppins says, “anything can happen if you let it.”
Doing fittings for Bert and Mary!
Hi everyone! It’s great to be back blogging again, two years later. I was a blogger until I completed my undergrad at Fontbonne in 2015, and here I am again starting grad school. A LOT has gone on since I’ve been at Fontbonne, so I’ll briefly catch you up to speed on life after my undergrad in fashion merchandising. Right out of school, I was working at a talent agency, then a couple retail management jobs, but nothing I’ve been particularly passionate about. But then in the fall, I started working at my former high school, Fort Zumwalt East, as the assistant director and costume manager. And I have fallen in love with my job! This is what has brought me to my current status at Fontbonne: obtaining my master’s degree in theater education. I may not have taken a direct path to get here, but sometimes you need to find out what you don’t like as much as what you do like. In addition, another major life update is that I am engaged to be married! So in my “free time,” I am also attempting to plan a wedding. I am optimistic and excited to see where these journeys will take me in the next couple years. Stay tuned with my future blogs throughout the semester!
My fiance and I love living in the Lou
Well, this semester has finally come to a close! My last class of the year is tonight and I couldn’t be more excited. I’m really looking forward to a month of recuperation – I definitely need it. Grad school is even more mentally taxing than my undergraduate was, and there was a time when I never thought I’d say those words!
Over break I’m going to Orlando (of course) and to Pennsylvania to visit my family. I’m hoping to get in a lot of Disney World, sunshine, and then, on the flip side – snow on Christmas! It hasn’t snowed in PA for the past few Christmases, so I’m hoping Jack Frost will be visiting this year…
I learned how tough I was this semester. There was a lot of frustration, a lot of sleepless nights, and a lot of anxiety. But guess what – we all made it! I can guarantee you only learn to be stronger as college – and life – goes on.
I hope you all have a WONDERFUL break. Eat lots of Christmas cookies and don’t forget to save some for Santa and his reindeer 😉
Keep moving forward.