Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Do you like to be prepared for last-minute costume events and look totally put-together for pennies? You’re going to like this post, because that’s what I did with this simple, Newsies costume for Jeff.
Yes, this handsome Newsie is my husband! Now to list the key costume components:
- Dress shirt
- Driving cap
Jeff already had the shirt and slacks. They are nondescript by themselves. *Yawn*. The magic lies in the accessories! A tweedy vest and cap in neutral colors are must-have costume pieces that instantly designate the wearer as coming from the late 19th/early 20th century. These items are very easy to find in thrift stores. Keep them around, because you never know when they’ll come in handy!
So, why did Jeff need a Newsie costume? Well, he was asked to sing “Santa Fe” from the musical, Newsies, to promote Music Theatre of Wenatchee’s upcoming production of the show to would-be sponsors. This was before auditions had even been held. (Jeff has helped MTW do promos for several shows, before; even when he wasn’t planning on auditioning for them.)
However, surprise, surprise…Jeff and I are going to be in this production! We auditioned and have been cast as the leads: Jack Kelly and Katherine Plumber!
What’s cuter than a Newsie? A Newsie with a baby! Jeff and I can’t wait to fall in love on stage and to sing and dance while our kids are in the audience. I haven’t been in a musical since I was pregnant with Emma, so this is a milestone in my life! I am very excited to be able to give you first-hand tips on what it’s like to be in a show. The costumer has asked me if I would be willing to help work on my own costume…So, you KNOW I’m going to include you in the process from rehearsal to performance.
I’m so happy, and so nervous, and SO out of shape! Time to start stretching and dusting off my tap shoes. I should probably see if I have a good rehearsal skirt, too…This show is set in the 1890s, so I am going to be working towards historically accurate posture and decorum, partially as dictated by the range of motion in my costume. The earlier I get a “feel” for this during rehearsals, the better!
Happy New Year, Dear Readers! We are going to make so many amazing things, together, in 2019!