Fig Leaf Costumes will be closed the week of Spring Break in conjunction with Huntsville City Schools.
Happy Mardi Gras y’all! I have been loving the Instagram feeds of friends in New Orleans over the past week. One of my favorites is the Lundi Gras Red Beans Parade. Here is a more “mainstream” article about it. Enjoy! ARTICLE
I hope everyone here had a fantastic Mardi Gras Parade in Huntsville and Decatur! We saw some great theme requests come into the shop last week. We helped Abigail find the perfect “Paradise” makeup for a zebra, and even dressed up little red riding hood!
We had a fantastic weekend meeting over 800 drama students and educators at the Alabama Thespian Festival in Pelham over the weekend. We were able to provide demo makeup, teach kids about stage makeup and more! We will definitely go back next year! I will post more photos on the Facebook Page later.
Now for a couple of weeks in the shop before Spring Break hits. We are working hard on Pinocchio at Fantasy Playhouse Theatre, and helping with UAH’s Faustus. We will post more on how to see the shows as the time gets closer. Have a great week!
It has recently come to my attention that the public thinks we are closing and going out of business. In light of local closings and movings such as, The Artery, garden Cove, and Southerland Station, we may have accidentally been thrown into the mix. No one ever knows how a rumor gets started, but nothing could be further from the truth! We are Very, Very OPEN!
We will be taking more opportunities this year to travel and attend Theatre related events such as the 2017 Alabama Thespian Festival this weekend. This will help us broaden our customer base and create stronger relationships to support theatre and stagecraft. We will also follow school closings for Spring Break, and Fall Break. However, we will let you know via the website, Facebook Page, and Voicemail when we will have a Closed Day, so that you can plan for your costume and makeup needs.
Please let everyone you know that Fig Leaf Costumes is very OPEN for business!
In recent weeks, we have been very busy! Here is an idea of a few things we have been working on.
We designed and stitched Gena Rawdon’s “Snow White” costume for Theater Huntsville’s January production of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. We also went to see the show! if you missed it, catch their next production “Duck Hunter shoots Angel”! Buy tickets here, “Theater Huntsville”
Sticking with a primary color theme we were asked by Fantasy Playhouse Children’s Theater to pull together a costume for Composer Vajda’s presentation of “Compose Yourself” with the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra. we felt they needed a more specialized look. So we designed and created a costume that was child friendly, bright, and musical. we came up with “Treble”. We also went to see the performance! what an amazing presentation. Hundreds of kids were engaged with the orchestra, and they loved the show! We are so honored to have been asked to contribute to sharing the arts with children across Huntsville. You can find concerts, workshops, and classes for children through the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra HERE!
We are also working hard on designing costumes for Fantasy Playhouse Children’s Theater’s Production of Pinocchio! It is a big job, lots of fun, and a complete honor to work with Fantasy again. You know how much we LOVE what fantasy does. You can find more info about available programming and tickets for children’s shows, and workshops on their website HERE!
Our lovely friend Larry Mason gifted the shop a little watercolor of our front door. He is working hard on drawing and painting architectural points of interest in Huntsville. We are excited that he included us in his ongoing series. You can contact him here if you have questions about his project. “Larry Mason”.
We also made a few new costumes for our shop. A mermaid, a purple poodle skirt. we also altered a steam punk pirate dress for a local pirate. we added ruffles, and pleats, and laces.
We also put together a ground-hog costume and face for the Huntsville-Madison County’s visitor and convention Center for Groundhog’s Day. we worked with van Brown and his lovely actor for the event! Keep up to date with Huntsville events at the center HERE.
We also visited the Arab Musical Theater students and helped Janice Quillen, Ron Harris, and the kids with a little stage makeup demonstration for their upcoming production of the Addams family. They were great to work with, and even gave me a nice card with dinner. Thanks kids! I cannot wait to see the show. More info on their program and upcoming productions HERE!
So much is going on, I will have to make another post. Be sure though that we are OPEN and staying OPEN for as long as you will have us! Need a costume, stage makeup, masks, wigs or consulting? Give us a call or come by the shop! We love to talk costumes and theater! I will end with a few more photos from the shop and recent weeks. Enjoy!
We have a nice selection of masquerade masks in stock for New Years. We have a range of masks from plain to feathered to all rhinestones! We even have a phantom of the opera mask.
In the western world we have relegated masks to New Years Eve, Mardi Gras, and Halloween. But what is the origin of masks?
Some of the oldest masks in existence are 9,000 years old and were found in the Judean hills of Israel. Funny how some of the masks in this collection bear a striking resemblance to emojis. Really it is the other way around. Though emojis truly are masks that we use every day to convey meaning, and emotion to one another. 🙂🙂🙂🙂🙂🙂🙂😯
Moving forward over 7,000 years to 27/29 B.C. We find the Janus mask comes in to Roman history. The Roman deity known as the gatekeeper, presiding over all arrivals and departures continues to endure in the modern world. The month of January is even named after him, as it is the doorway to the New Year!
You will also see the two faced Janus mask in theater. We often call it the comedy/tragedy mask, as it represents the two extreme emotions of the theatrical spectrum.
Locally, you may have seen the Janus mask represented loosely as Fantasy and Fantasy jr. @ a Fantasy Playhouse Production. They come in before the play begins to welcome you, and come out again to bid you farewell at the end. The older Fantasy is on their way out as they show the ropes to Fantasy Jr. on her way in. Here at Fig Leaf Costumes we worked (with a local artist Jaeme Case) to redesign the Janus mask as our logo. The result is a nod to 35 years of costume legacy at “The Enchanted Masquerade” costume shop as they closed their doors, while we were opening ours!
No matter what mask you choose to wear for the holiday just remember that masks have been around for thousands of years in nearly every culture of the world. We hope you find one that suits you well and serves you for years to come! If you need help finding one come into the shop and take a look. “We’ve got you covered!”
Happy Holidays everyone!
Around the holidays we change our hours slightly so that we may spend time with friends and family, and with special seasonal theatre productions.
We will be CLOSED this Tuesday, Decembre 20th, and reopen Wednesday!
Fig Leaf will be backstage working wardrobe for the Broadway Theatre League production of ANNIE! The show holds a special place in my heart since seeing it on the big screen when it came out in the 1982! And now I will be able to see the costumes that travel with this wonderful show! Make sure to take your kids, grandkids, friends with kids, and get yourself a ticket too by clicking on the ANNIE link!
We will also be CLOSED Decembre 24th, 25th, and 26th for the holidays!