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.
The spring season for shows is in full swing! I have been to some wonderful shows in the last month! Huntsville City Schools are really raising the bar on performance, costumes, and theatrical makeup! Backstage was full of parent volunteers, students, and sometimes parents from another school or theatre group. If you have a chance, please get out to see as many school shows as you can, it is a wonderful way to support our hardworking students, teachers, and parents, and an even better way to grow our community.
I LOVE backstage! I always wanted to perform regularly, but the butterflies in my stomach had other plans. So, I ended up on the tech side of things. In sixth grade after a terrifying role as a silent mouse in AAA’s first production ever (Winnie the Pooh 1984), I became a stagecraft member. Ms. Deborah Fleischman found out I knew how to sew and put me to work on costumes. Although it was before clowns existed, we had plenty to learn in class. I learned alot in her classes and still use those skills today.
One of the things I love about backstage is the hive mind mentality. There are a ton of worker bees dressed in stage black pulling a show together in one seamless movement! Of course the goal is to make every transition apparently seamless, while trouble shooting missed cues, costume fails, makeup touch ups, and more. But when it all comes together, and you have that perfect show where everyone got it right its pure magic!
The Fig has been growing and I find that we are shifting into more independent, school, local, and regional theatre productions. Our focus has been on helping Thespians better their craft through costumes, design, and theatrical makeup techniques and product. We are offering design services and will be starting to produce costume rentals for entire shows ( in addition to keeping our individual rentals). Theatre is on the rise in Huntsville and we intend to shift with it in order to meet the needs of productions.
I recently designed, and stitched costumes for Pinocchio. Pinocchio is a production of Fantasy Playhouse Children’s Theatre. The actors are using an original script; Peter-John Sligting, Schuyler Howie, & Penny Ewing, based on the Story by Carlo Collodi. Local Thespians and Fantasy students wrote the script to be performed at Fantasy ten years ago. Back then Kevin O’Brien and Sarah Brown were cast as Fox and Cat. Now they are co-directing it with modest changes made. If you have the chance to see it there are tickets available PINOCCHIO TICKETS HERE!
The photographs on stage of dress rehearsal are by Jeff White Photography. . all backstage, and candid photos are by Fig Leaf Costumes. Jeff White is also for hire to photograph weddings, individual photos, head shots and more.
I also went to see Beauty and the Beast. This was Grissom High School’s very last show in the theater. Lydia Palmes did a fantastic job with loads of talent and help available to make a fantastical, magical show. All I can say is, I WILL NEVER miss another Grissom show again! They will start fresh in their new school theatre this fall. I tried to take a lot of photos, but all of the kids were crying out of joy and sadness, so it was hard to capture a dry moment. I look forward to all of the wonderful work to come! Great job Grissom Theatre! The costumes and makeup were so fun!
I was also able to see The Little Mermaid at Huntsville High School. Meghan Thompson did an incredible job. I believe there were 148 actors! They had wheelies, hover boards, and so many amazing costumes! The tail to legs scene was very clever wire work with a super quick change. The transitions were sop smooth it was almost as if there weren’t any. I was able to sit behind the sound board, and I loved seeing the students do all of the tech work. They really knocked it out of the park. The makeup was by Wynn Oldham, a Huntsville staple, when it comes to stage makeup. She invited me backstage to see the chaos, and we were able to watch much of the show together. The Auditorium was packed to the gills, which made for a lively, exciting show. And lastly, Scuttle really worked the crowd, the stage, the costume, the makeup, and the air with his flying on a wire. Great show!
Lastly, Faustus was a great show too! It was more adult in nature, but a much-needed classic. It was nice to help on a show that Huntsville doesn’t get to see very often. I advised UAH student, and lead costumer Kaylie Miller. She had a great concept for 1500’s Germany, and 68 costumes to source or stitch. It was a pleasure to help her costume the show. We hope you enjoyed the richness of the set, set dressing, lighting, and costumes as the tech team worked to create an antique look. The following stage photographs are also by Jeff White Photography, all candids are by Fig Leaf Costumes. UAH now offers a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre. Maybe you know someone who wants to major in theatre. Now they can do it in Huntsville! Check out their page HERE!
We look forward to what May has in store for us. We will do our best to bring something wonderful to the stage for you. have a great week!
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!
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!