We are currently booking character appearances for summer events. Our actors will come out as a costumed character for one hour to meet and greet guests & pose for photos! The cost $150 for the first hour, and $75 for each additional hour. Call to book one for your event. #256-270-7486.
Things are getting busier at the Fig! I had a great time showing the makeup crew how to apply the beast prosthetics for Beauty and the Beast. Be sure to catch the show! There is still a whole weekend left. Buy tickets here!
Here is a cute photo of Grissom Senior, Ansley, with the beast prosthetic test run, and with the more final product! She used Mehron, and Graftobian products for this one.
I also had the privilege to show some technique to students from Arab Musical Theatre last month, as they prepared for their production of the Addams Family. The kids were great and put on a fantastic, seamless show! The costumes, set, makeup, and lighting were all phenomenal! I will never miss another AMT Production. The theatre was packed with families with barely a seat left. People drove all the way from Birmingham, Huntsville, Scottsboro and Cullman to see it. Make sure you catch the next one! I took a few photos of pre and post show. Enjoy.
I have had the privilege to design costumes for Fantasy Playhouse Children’s Theater with their production of Pinocchio! There is a really great group of parents and teens helping making the costumes from my designs. I think the donuts keep them coming back, but most likely the good company! It has been a pleasure to sit in on casting, rehearsals, and concept meetings. We have a show in just about a month, but the tickets are selling fast! Be sure to get yours ASAP, it is going to be a great show with a whale, a carnival scene, and a real live puppet of course! Here is a sneak peek!
The costuming class at Fantasy is doing great too! They are working on their cardboard puppet creations for Moppets, Poppets, and the Deep Blue Sea. They are learning how to use tools and design to make their sea creatures come to life. I cannot wait to show you their finished Jellyfish, Manta Ray, and Sea Turtle. All articulated of course!
I will have more next week as we look forward to Faustus at UAH, and Honk at Randolph School! Meanwhile have a great weekend and enjoy a show! We will see you at the shop!
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!
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!
We would really like to thank everyone who has come in to find costunes, makeup, and accessories for Halloweenie!
We have loads of Ben Nye and Mehron available for character makeups. We have tons of glitter left and the candy pink and blue for Harlequin.
We have new wigs in too! Trump wigs are going fast, and pink kitty cat wigs from BoJack Horseman.
Need clown supplies? We literally have it all!!!! Wigs, makeup, rubber noses, and costumes!
Come look around, try things on, and join the fun!