The Merchant of Venice

As I write this, I am sitting backstage at the final production of Lionface Production’s performance of William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice directed by Michael Portteus. It is a bittersweet moment, because this show has been my life this past month and now it is almost over. I will definitely miss it. (For a review of the show, check out this link: Sentinel Tribune: Lionface Productions’ The Merchant of Venice The photo below features myself and Brigid Randolph and was taken from the Sentinel Tribune article)

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In this production, I played Launcelot Gobbo, a fool character and servant. It has been a joy to take on this role and I have been told that it was one of my best performances. My first director ever in college came to the show and pulled me aside to tell me that it was the best she had ever seen me and she has been seeing me perform for over six years. A higher compliment could not be found, I respect this person so much and it made this role even more worth the time and work I put into it. Furthermore, this production consisted of a wonderful, talented cast and crew for whom I feel very close to now. This show has truly been one of the epitomes of my career and I am so proud to have been a part of it.

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The manly men of Venice
From the left: Sarah, Brigid, Amanda, Angelica, Meghan, and Katy

Chula update: My beautiful rescue is doing wonderfully and thoroughly enjoyed walking with me around the Black Swamp Arts Festival this past weekend between shows.

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“I am Launcelot. Your boy that was, your son that is, your child that shall be!” – Launcelot, The Merchant lot Venice

Bonus photo of me and Angelica! I did the makeup for the show 🙂

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Steampunk’d: The Accessories

With any great costume comes great accessories. Or at least decent ones. You can decide what you consider them after you see the ones that I did to accent my steampunk costume. All except for the awesome chest piece prosthetic, which will be my third and last installment of this series. So let’s get to it.

In any makeup job I do, I try to accent the eyes the best I can. As you may have seen in my earlier entry, I had a large prosthetic eye piece, so I wanted to do something simple with the other eye as to not distract away from the piece. I went with a simple brown eyeliner color and flared out the corners a bit. However, the accessory part is the three golden gears that I spirit gummed along my cheekbone. Simple, but it ended up looking really cool.

The next piece is the hat. It was just a simple, $5 black hat that I got from Spirit Halloween. The black, ribbon band was already attached to it when I bought it. I was unable to find any feathers that I liked, until I came across a pair of cheap, black feather earrings. I took the earrings apart and, using craft glue, attached it to the hat. I then used some of the gears that I got from Costume Holiday House and one from the package of gears I got from Hobby Lobby, to complete it. Again, nothing too fancy, but this particular piece actually captured the attention of my director for Dr. Faustus. I will actually be wearing it as the part of Robin in the steampunk version of the show, put on by Lionface Productions. The next couple of pieces will also be featured in the show, but more on that in a later entry.

Now we get into the more complicated accessories. This choker started out as a blue and white Victorian portrait jewelry piece that I got from Wal-Mart. I started by repainting it so that it would match the copper and gold color scheme that I was going for. I then attached it to a piece of black ribbon using a mixture of black thread and craft glue. I had to sew it on to keep it attached and the craft glue to keep it in place. I then used some copper chain that I had gotten with jewelry piece and cut off two parts, which I sewed on. I added a clasp and loop to the back and accented it with a couple of gears where it clasped at so that the back was decorated as well.

Finally, I created a handflower out of some of the remaining chain and gears (again, one from each package). This was a little more tricky to make. The ring part is fit to my size and is made from the chain, which wraps around my middle finger and connects at the gear. I then made the wrist part using one of the large gears and doing basically the same as the ring, only this time I split the chain and attached it with a clasp. I then measured out three lengths of chain which I used to attach the two pieces together. I used ordinary black and brown thread to attach all the pieces, and then used a layer of copper paint to help lay down the stray pieces and make it look more metallic. It took me a couple of hours to get it the way I liked it, but out of all the pieces that I made this is probably the most impressive.

Play-Doh enjoys the hat the most

And that pretty much covers it for the accessories. As stated before, my last installment is how I made the chest piece and put everything together. Thanks for reading!

“If you want something you can have it, but only if you want everything that goes with it, including all the hard work and the despair, and only if you’re willing to risk failure.” – Philip Pullman, Clockwork