Please welcome to The Theatre Project’s production team, Cynthia Brower. Cynthia will be working as the costumer for A Christmas Story: The Musical.
What’s your history with The Theatre Project?
This is my first time working with them!
What are the responsibilities of a Costumer?
It’s my job to choose what every actor wears onstage and make sure it’s all the right size and labeled and organized for quick changes during the show.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
One of my favorite parts of costuming is doing research on costumes from the time period a show is in and creating an accurate yet creative wardrobe that transports the audience to the time and place of the show.
What’s something most people wouldn’t know about working on a musical?
There are usually a lot more sets and costumes involved in musicals- the action often moves at a much faster pace and to more places!
Of all the shows you have worked, which one is your favorite and why?
I’ve designed Seussical! the Musical for three different companies, and I’m still not tired of it. The story and music are great, and I love working with different directors to create different interpretations of a world.
Where do you find your inspiration and what personal flair do you want to bring to the costumes?
I want to create costumes that are reminiscent of the classic movie that is so well-known, but bring my own style and flair to them. It’s more exciting for everyone, including me as the designer, if I don’t just copy the movie shirt by shirt.
How are you preparing for A Christmas Story: The Musical!?
When I design musicals, I like to listen to the soundtrack as I do my research and drawings. It’s a great way to engulf my mind in the world of the show.
Stephen Sondheim or Andrew Lloyd Webber?
They’re both incredible artists! Webber wrote so many musicals that are deeply connected to my childhood, and I really enjoy the complexity Sondheim incorporates into many of his songs.
What is your dream show?
What a hard question…If we’re sticking with musicals, I’d like to perform Lucy in Sweeney Todd, design the costumes for Kinky Boots, the set for Rent, and the props/puppets for Lion King.