Northwest School of the Arts students worked daily for more than a month to create an array of steampunk-inspired garments for The Revengers Tragedy, a Jacobean satire from the 1600s that will be the schools entry in the N.C. Theatre Conference competition on Nov. 4.
Lead designer Shelby Mills, with Jackie Croiser, Lauren Pennebaker and Arietta Van der Voort, rebuilt and adorned costuming for actors, including Colin Strivelli, Joseph Johnson and Jade Moore, based on research they did into the steampunk tradition.
Many accessories, such as corsets and belts, were made from scratch, says teacher Barbara Wesselman, and because this show is going to NCTC, the strength and durability of the hundreds of pieces sewn onto the clothes is crucial. Nothing can fall off onto the stage!
You can also get a glimpse of students fitting a piece in the arts magnets entry in the Glee Give A Note Contest, a national competition in which $1 million will be given to music education programs. First place is $50,000, and goes to the top vote-getter in the video contest; you can look at Northwests entry, along with others, at www.gleegiveanote.com. (Voting ends Nov. 7.) Student Nate Lampone filmed that video over five days.