Block 624: March 7, 2015

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Here we go again.

Date: March 7, 2015

Crane: 624

Days Spent on Project: 746

Location: NW Portland, OR

Person I would have sent it to: A Chorus Line at Paper Mill was another one of those Educational Life Lesson Experiences.

While I was commuting back and forth to New Haven, CT five to six days a week, I got a call from their costume shop manager, Christine, who asked if I was available to assist a costume designer who had been hired to remount A Chorus Line.

Of course I said yes. I was working freelance and taking every job I could get in 2012. Newsies had happened earlier in the season. I had sort of escaped from an ill-fated theater piece downtown and I was now commuting by subway and train to Connecticut to work on a small production of an outdoor MacBeth. Yes, I’d love to work at Paper Mill again, especially on something as iconic as A Chorus Line.

Gail B. was the costume designer hired to work with Mitzi on “freshening up” the costumes for the show, while still remaining truthful to the original’s costumes. In the end, most of this meant changing out the cut and styles of leotards. A lot of the colors were shifted around. We kept the Show Finale costumes the same because those costumes ARE A CHORUS LINE.

I knew of Gail’s name from working around New York, but had never met her before. The first time we spoke, I was about to board a MetroNorth train to Connecticut and she called my cell. During the entire conversation, I don’t think she paused to breathe once… and I don’t think I said more than a few individual words when I felt she was needing to know I was still on the line. A Chorus Line wasn’t the greatest opportunity for us to work together, since it’s a piece that doesn’t really deviate from a pre-existing idea and design, but I’m glad I got the chance to.

Music I listened to while sewing: No music today. I’m the only one in the costume shop this morning, and I don’t want anyone to know today… so I’m trying to be as quiet as possible!

Thoughts/Feelings behind the block: Eeeeeek.

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