by Lisa Middleton
AHOY, MATEY! Cap’n Lisa Middleton here fer’yer backstage voyage – part two!
Earlier this season we took you on a backstage tour of the Festival Theatre, if you missed the first part of the tour catch up here. It’s time to finish the tour, so let’s pick up where we left off…
The bijoux room! We have an incredibly talented group of people working to create all of the beautiful jewelry and ornamentation that you see on stage – from earrings, to rings, to necklaces, to the fine details that you see on hats, gloves and hairpieces!
Sorry. Button break! Let’s move on!
One of my favourite places backstage is the millinery room! When we say that we do it all here in Stratford, we really mean it! From the heels of the boots to the feathers on top of the hats, we’re making it all in-house – sized to fit!
I tried my hand in the dye room – a vat of vino? Nope, we’re cooking t-shirts today!
And the finished product:
Gorgeous… When can they custom-make me a pair?
Let’s move back to the prop shop!
Served on a silver platter twice weekly at the Harmonia Gardens Hotel, on the set of The Matchmaker!
If only this were made of actual silver. Then I’d be in the money!
The ladies of 42nd Street are oh-so syncrohnized in the “Dames” scene! Me, not so much.
Brings a whole new meaning to the phrase, “a pat on the back.”
These shields from Cymbeline are built for battle – and they’re heavy. Kudos to the actors who carry them!
And that brings us to end of the tour – and the end for this unfortunate fellow, as well!
Thanks for joining me backstage at the Festival! Don’t forget to come see all of these amazing pieces on stage before they’re gone forever!
Have you been backstage at the Festival before?