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Research – Costumes and Prop Ideas Marley Emerich Costumes – For my first costume idea I wanted something simple for the 3 boys. Although, they are supposed to be a little poor and neglected in the play. So I wanted jeans for them, which seemed appropriate but I thoughts that ripped jeans would give them a more “neglected” look. If they had perfect and neat jeans it wouldn’t look as realistic if they had more battered up jeans. I also didn’t want them to use anything other then jeans because 1, they are easy to find in “ripped form”. 2 because ripped khakis or sweat pants are not very attractive and it would Figure 1 - Jeans - http://www.kidsandjeans.com/store/Customize-Your- require cutting holes in them Jeans.html which no one wants to do. So jeans it is. This is the type of dress I’d like to use of Annie. It’s a fun and cute summer dress, which is both attractive and something that a person could be wearing on a daily basis. I like this one because of the flowers and the detail and it is also something that s reliable for a girl to have. Somewhere (hopefully) she should have a little summer dress. This will probably be her outfit the whole time. Figure 2 – http://www.adverts.ie/dresses/river-‐island-‐ floral-‐summer-‐dress-‐size-‐10/752409
Figure 3 -‐ http://www.shutterstock.com/pic-‐26706640/stock-‐photo-‐pretty-‐straw-‐hat-‐with-‐flower-‐on-‐white-‐background.html This is an example of a cute straw hat that would go well with the summer dress for Annie. The hat adds more to the character because then costume is a lot more detailed. With the hat on it shows that she’s a bit formal and she likes to dress up. This simple hat can build a lot of character. And the more thought put into the costume, the more the audience appreciates it, therefore it helps a lot to have a good costume. It also gives the actor, Annie, more character to go off of therefore helping her act. Figure 4 – http://www.shutterstock.com/pic-‐30174463/stock-‐photo-‐man-‐with-‐a-‐dirty-‐shirt-‐towards-‐white-‐background.html This dirty shirt is ideal for the 3 boys in my play because they don’t get their closed washed or have an ideal upbringing. A dirty or unwashed shirt will show that they are kind of neglected. This tells the audience what kind of setting they live in which gives them a better idea of the situation as well. We don’t necessarily have to use a white shirt. They can all have different colors for their dirty shirts.
Figure 5 -‐ http://danskin-‐shoes.com/tap-‐dancing-‐shoes This shoe is an example of the style of shoe that I think will go really well with Annie’s costume. They are cute and girlie and would complete the outfit that I have planned for her. These aren’t the exact ones I wanted but they look very similar to the school-‐girl style that would look well on her. Figure 6 -‐ http://www.chinatownconnection.com/qi-‐pao-‐clothing.htm I thought than another very good choice for Annie’s costume could be a Chinese qipao. Considering the fact that she is Chinese and we are in China, I thought that would be a good idea. It’s girly and very elegant, and it would suit a responsible character like Annie’s character very nicely.
Props – Figure 7 -‐ http://tinysparklythings.blogspot.com/2009/11/diy-‐how-‐to-‐recover-‐old-‐umbrella.html This umbrella is a good prop for Annie. One reason is, this prop adds more personality to her character because she’d be carrying around an accessory. It could be used in many occasions like to pretend it’s raining or it could give her something to do while in a scene. She could be touching it or playing with it, which ensures that she has something to do to just in case she “wanders.” Figure 7 -‐ http://bloesem.blogs.com/bloesem/2008/04/ladak.html This blanket could be used for Kazuki. Because he is always sleeping or at least trying to, it would be fit for him to carry around a blanket. This prop could be a comedic and informative piece because if he were to lie down in random places and sleep with it, it’d be funny. Also, it gives people an idea that he is related to sleep.
Figure 8 -‐ http://oil.otago.ac.nz/oil/centraltafe/module1/Know-‐about-‐information/Types-‐of-‐information/Books.html This book could be used for Hanson. He could be pretending to struggle reading it or hold it upside down. This shows the audience that he doesn’t have an education and that he wants to learn. It also gives him something to do as well if he is just standing like a rock on stage. Figure 9 -‐ http://www.dimensionsguide.com/frying-‐pan-‐sizes/ This pan could be used for junior to eat out of in the final scene. It serves as a plate, so he can eat out of it but it is also shows that he is still not living the way that people normally live by eating out of a pan. It could be comedic and ironic.
Figure 10 – http://allthingschristmasnigeriainnerpages.blogspot.com/2010/11/hampers.html This last prop is a basket. This basket could be used by one of the characters, maybe Annie to not only look cute and add character, but it could hold some of the props not needed at the moment so she can pull them out faster later. This will help a lot when changing a scene very quickly and needing to change props.