Into the Woods
In my first year at Toi Whakaari the first in house production we worked on was “Into the Woods”. Anna Terwiel, a student in her final year of the Design programme, designed the costumes and we worked with her on the creation of her vision.
My character was one of Cinderella’s stepsisters, due to a shortage of male roles in the play we had to men play the stepsisters. This meant for me to transform a male into a female body shape through costume. We build up the chest with a padded bra and created the illusion of a smaller waistline by exaggerating the skirts. For Travelling scenes we added a coat to go over the 1950ies inspired dress silhouette.
I also created the 3.8m long hairpiece for Rapunzel which featured a detachable endpiece that was “cut off” by the witch on stage and a quick release mechanism since one scene showed how Rapunzel’s whole braid was chopped off, only to reveal the actresses own comparably short hair.
Boned pink taffeta bodice, tulle skirt with six layers; wool coat, fully lined.
Kanekalon artificial hair in three different shades of blond and light brown, combined into a plait, mounted on a stuffed base, to be attached with big wig clips.
In scene shot: Phillip Merry, curtesy of Toi Whakaari
Detail shots: Johanna Otto