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Costumes for spring production fit nicely in jigsaw puzzle of Aves Theatre fate
April 5, 2012 11:56 am | Filed Under: Clubs
Bradley Kirkendall, 11, shown here wearing his rehearsal suit for “The Phantom of the Opera.” Because of the formality of the “Phantom” costumes, the rehearsal wear was also formal. The “Into the Woods” dress code is slightly more lenient. (Photo Courtesy of John Carroll)

If one were to have seen the three main productions at SHS last year, one would surely testify that Aves Theatre is nothing if not diverse in terms of stage garb.

From the tuxedos and elegant dresses of “The Phantom of the Opera” to the conservative minimalism of “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten” to the psychedelic mix of modern day formality and whimsical fairy clothing in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” one cannot argue that the costume department of Aves Theatre does not give less than their all.

Thankfully for Aves Theatre, the phrase, “the costume department gives their all” means something along the lines of, “the costume department transcends the plane of everyday awesomeness with the costumes that they produce.”

“Into the Woods” will be no exception to this rule, as Cady Aulicino, 12 can attest.

“As the Witch, I undergo quite a drastic physical change about midway through the show and it is accompanied by an equally radical costume change,” said Aulicino.

The specifics of this epic transformation will not be divulged. If one wishes to see for oneself, one must purchase tickets atavestheatre.org.

“The costumers have made me question everything I know about body coverings with their designs,” said Aulicino.

The other characters are not left out, however. Costumes are in development for all of the characters, most being fairly simple as a solid group of the main characters are working class people with little wealth.

Samantha Misali, 12, who will be playing Milky White the cow, has a unique costume. Her cow outfit is a grand sight to behold, appearing to be made of the white clouds that hang over Olympus.

“To quote James Lapine, my cow costume is ‘as white as milk’,” said Misali.

Until all of the costumes are completed, the actors are practicing the show in clothes that vaguely resemble the costumes they will wear. Girls wear rehearsal skirts and boys wear close-toed shoes.