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COSTUME SALE!!!

OCTOBER 17th – 28th, we are selling ALL of our rental costumes!!! We had tomake the   decision of whether or not to keep our retail storefront for another year. The numbers and a few ither factors showed it is time to close it. 

We will still be in business, but are moving our costune services and theatrical supplies online. The world is changing and we have to adapt. So, if youcan’t  beat em’ (Amazon) join em’, right? We win’t be joining Amazin anytime soon, we will stick to our own website, and offer unique handmade costumes on Etsy.

   The message today though, we are selling ALL of our costumes! We were super busy the last two days, from open to well past close. So be sure to get there sooner than later!

   We have a ton of great stuff from costumes, hats, accessories, shoes, and more! Egyptians, gorillas, knights, maidens, colonial, victorian, flappers, princesses, India Princesses, Cowboys, sailors, and more! Priced from $5-$300!

We will be in the store this week and next from

Monday through Friday 11-6

Saturdays 10-4

Come by and see us! We would love to see your smiling faces!

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Clowns, the good kind!

I have been back in town for a week, and finally have a minute or two to write a post about my trip! Many of you know me as the owner of the costume shop here in town. You may not know that I am also a musician/performer/ and aspiring clown! I write original material including skits, bits, alter egos, folk music and more. I don’t perform as much as I used to because I am usually at the shop (which I love btw)! So this summer I took a trip to Wheelock, Vermont to take a week-long “Pochinko Style Clown” workshop from none other than Donna Sellinger.

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I met Donna several years ago, when she came through town with her theater troupe called “The Missoula Oblongata”. They perform original plays with loads of historically referenced material turned on its head to make a person rethink how they exist in the world. Their sets are made of mostly recycled randomness, and sometimes reclaimed trash all of which fit into the back of a minivan with its 3-5 actors! It’s a wonder to behold! Once when I booked her for a backyard play, it rained. And we had to move the furniture out of our bedroom so they could build the stage in it and fit 24 audience members! It was pure magic, and the best show I have ever witnessed!

Moving on, she is currently a Baltimore based artist, writer, and performer. Normally she teaches a 6 week baby clown workshop. But, this week-long was just a taste of the full length class.

It was held at Wheelock Farm in Wheelock, Vermont. The grounds were beautiful and there was no signal for data in the mountains. It was an incredible property. There were eleven of us students total. We were from Detroit, NYC, D.C., Philadelphia, Connecticut, North Carolina and more. Many of us were already in the arts or performing music, puppetry, clowning, and theater. So it was a really great group! Donna kept the class affordable at $250, so I was able to justify the gas there. I wish I could have paid her so much more for what she taught us! If you have a chance to learn from her, take it!

Here are a few pics.

This was the tent, where we painted, and practised our clowning exercises and critiques.

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Behind the tent was the trail to what we called the “Clowntain”. Most days we made multiple trips up the hill to a gorgeous field to do visualization exercises in.

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I set up my tent down at the beautiful stone round house for sleepers. Below the hill was a pond with a beaver dam, and a creek running by. I was visited twice during the week by what we think was a deer or moose, and maybe a coyote or a bear. The second visit had me screaming and clapping to make “it” go away. I was lucky that Becca and Anissa came to rescue me. No more tent sleeping after that. Though I would have been fine surely.

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There were so many flowers on the property. Everything was dripping in color, and the air was nice and cool! Every morning brought me to the kitchen door to meet, and eat with my fellow clowns and talk about all manner of things. The kitchen was spacious and easily held all of us. we ended most days there with a group dinner, getting to know one another better, learning songs and singing them, drawing, sharing music…

Plus, they had the best maple syrup ever, made fresh on the farm!!!

One of the days we stopped at mid-day to visit Bread and Puppet Theatre. They have an incredible circus, museum, and more. They are famously known for their work in social justice activism and sociopolitical theatre. I have been wanting to visit for a long time and finally had the opportunity. These are photos from their circus, and museum. You can learn more about them at Bread and Puppet.

We watched a puppet performance of the eclipse, though we did pause from class to watch the real eclipse later. All 12 of us took turns using the one pair of eclipse glasses. I was also privileged to participate in Shape Note Sacred Harp singing at The Paper Mache Cathedral one night, and I went with a fellow clown to see a shadow puppet play in the ballroom, about immigration,on another night.

Finally, towards the end of the week, we earned our clown noses, and chose our costumes for our final “Something Fantastic” scene. Everyone delivered an amazing scene, some of us chose to do it twice. With our costumes and noses they were even more fantastic!

I was really sad to leave, but many of us will stay in touch, and hope to work together in the future. I ended up staying an extra day to help Marie with her broken car. we spent the morning in town and having breakfast at the Hardwick Food Co-op restaurant. we drove around the countryside a bit to drop her at the auto shop, had a coffee and pastry at a theatre there and then I hit the Museum of Everyday Life on my way out of the mountains. The museum was the perfect ending.

Finally my trip was over, except for the 21 hour drive home. But, I took my time on the way home, so it was a lazy 41 hour drive. I would do it all over again in a heartbeat!

Thanks a million Donna!

 

 

 

WE ARE NOT CLOSING!

img_4296It 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!

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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”.

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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.img_7523

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!

New Years Masks are in!

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!

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     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!”

Halloween is nearly here!

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!

What Mime is it? Gospel mime time!

imageWe welcome the spiritual, and gospel mime community. Do you know that we carry mime supplies? We have clown white in both Mehron and Ben Nye. We carry the white setting powder that helps your makeup hold up through your performance. Mime like a PRO with quality product. You can call us to order over the phone, order online with our new Square store, come in to the shop, or we can ship to you! Plus we carry unique colors for accents to set your group apart from another during competition. A little swoop or splash of color can go a long way to help a judge remember your act. We also doing consulting for custom matching outfits and performance wear! Let us help you bring home the trophy! We’ve got you covered!

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Easter Bunny Reservations!

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Easter is just around the corner! Call the shop to book your Easter Bunny costume rental, or appearance. Our Easter Bunnies are a $75 or $100 rental (with a $100 refundable deposit) for 3 days. Or book our very own Fig Leaf Easter Bunny (shown above) for your event! he is $150 the first hour and $75 each additional hour.

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