TRYLIGHT THEATRE CO.

COSTUME MANAGER

Costumes are central to the authenticity of a production.  Costumes include shoes, jewelry, purses, bags, hats, belts, suspenders, handkerchiefs, shawls, collars etc.

 consult with Production Manager and Director as to budget and expectations

research period  of the play to find appropriate costumes-there is a binder with photos from every era.

 get actors sizes

evaluate costumes that TTC has already in stock.  Salavation Army, Clothing depot and Value Village are all good sources for costumes.

secure a seamstress that can make or alter existing costumes

select costumes for the characters and have Director and stage manager review your selection

actors need to be informed that you are dressing the character not themselves to prevent any displeasure on the costumes you choose for them

do NOT let actors choose their own costumes or run rampant through costume room

remind actors that they are responsible for caring for their costumes including laundering their own pieces, making their own repairs to rips, tears or hemming, to hang up their costumes after each performance and to make sure all costume pieces are ready for the next performance.

costume manager has the final say in costumes once the director and stage manager has approved the selection

at end of production make sure all pieces that can be washed are washed and returned

arrange for dry-cleaning of those pieces that require it

return all costume and accessories to the costume room and put away or hung in proper places

return any costumes that have been borrowed

The time commitment for this is dependent on the period of the production.  None the less It can be very time consuming because you will be working around rehearsal schedules for fittings etc and the initial period it takes to compile the costumes.