Friday, July 30, 2010

Craftiness and Musical Theatre Come together to make Willy Wonka Magic.

You might remember this post about the performing arts studio I went to as a kid.  It's called The Music Room and I am so lucky to have grown up in such a supportive loving fun environment. They are now in their 25th year and running stronger than ever.  Now, I'm back at The Music Room as a teacher/director.
The production of Willy Wonka Jr. I co-directed and choreographed opened last night at the Fairmont Private School in Anaheim. They were serious Rock Stars!

 We have 2 more shows and they are almost sold out!

With only three weeks to put up the show, we did some seriously collaborating.  Here's how we made a few of the tricky sets and costumes work...

 CANDY GIRLS! I'll Be posting a tutorial on these headbands soon.

 Wonka with a giant Molly Made needle felted flower with wool from Suzoos Wool Works.

 AGUSTUS! The first ticket winner!  Our fantastic set designer David built a giant TV that sat on stage right thru the entire first act. It worked very well. Especially when Augustus leapt out of the screen to steal a kiddos candy.

 Happy Birthday Charlie! I love our little Bucket family and their newspaper birthday hats!

 Varuca Salt wins a golden ticket!
Mike Tee Vee wins a Golden Ticket.
There's no Knowing when you are on Board the USS Pink!  We used a strobe light, black light and disco lights to create this creepy effect. 

Violet! You're turning Violet Violet! We used a Blow up Pumpkin Costume underneath this blue fabric. I can't believe how well it worked! Our parent volunteers are the best!

Oompa Lompas! In the Lion Brand Yarn wigs they made all by themselves! 
SQUIRRELS! These tails really worked after lots of hemming and hawing. There are little slits cut in the back of their hoodies and an elastic band is slipped thru and tied at the waist. They had to quick change out of their Oompa cotumes... hence the green tights : )

Charna and Melissa! An amazing directing team to work with.   Sporting our new Molly Made Peppermint clips, of course :  )

*** Willy Wonka Jr. is available thru MTI if you are interested in putting it up with kids of your own***

Monday, July 26, 2010

Glitter and Sparkles and Candy Oh MY

I'm doing another show! But, this time I'm directing, choreographing... and making a few costume pieces. Along with two amazing co directors, Charna Felthous, and Melissa Martinez, and the help of countless others, Willy Wonka will be opening this weekend!!

Check out the Candy headband I put together for our Candy Girls.   I'll be posting a tutorial soon. 

The Music Room School of Performing Arts, known as TMR is fantastic place to work, and I'm so happy to be spending my time with these talented kids.  For more info contact

The Music Room
714 -639-2470

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Back At It!

So much has happened in the past few months.  A cross country move, bridal shower, several new jobs, my first California craft show, a bachelorette weekend in wine country piles of house guests, and a wedding!     I've tried to blog about bits of this all... but a few weeks before our wedding... it all just because too much.

    We had a beyond amazing time at the wedding, and as soon as family left, we both went right back into work.   SO looking forward to our honeymoon in August. As things start to settle down, I'm hoping to post a few bits of joy and inspiration a week.

    For now... here's some pics from my most recent craft show.

I also hope to catch up on your blogs soon!