January 24, 2013


Costumes, costumes, costumes galore!! Yup, this is the long awaited annual costume post. Usually I post about the costumes I am working on as I am working on them, but this year time just got away from me. So to make up for the delay I bring you so many photos that they'll take up three blog posts. This is part 1.

For our Russian school play this year we chose Sadko. Sadko is actually a very ancient story, sort of a Russian mythology, an epic poem. Our play was based on the story and music of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's opera Sadko.

Our story contains many fantastical characters, but I will start this by showing you the people of Novgorod where the story starts and ends.

Sadko the Rich Guest - our title character in my sketch
and here he is on stage
Sadko's crew
on their ship
and taking a bow
the town leaders in concept
and reality
the town folk
merchants and buyers
helping catch fish
checking out the action
listening to Sadko speak
laughing at his boasts
Before anyone gets the wrong idea, I need to tell you that I did not make all these costumes! I had the most fabulous team of dedicated volunteers. The traditional Russian costumes are most reused from our older plays, just need to be reconfigured and only the new specialized costumes need to be made. Still plenty of making though! 

In the next post I'll get to the fancier characters of the story.


Martha C. Hall said...

Wow! Natalya, you really outdo yourself! Good to know that you don't have to make *all* of the costumes each year, or by yourself. They are amazing!

Karen L R said...

Natalya, I look forward to this post every year. You've outdone yourself! These are fabulous!

Alyson B. Stanfield said...

Beautiful, Natalya!

Sandy said...

This is awesome. I wish I could have seen the play!
Sandy in the UK

Jeannie said...

I also look forward to this post every year. I know that in person, the costumes are even more fantastic. What a beautiful array of costumes and the set design is wonderful.

rossichka said...

What an inspiring post! Natalya, the efforts of you all haven't been in vain! Such interesting costumes, rich in colours and details. And so beautiful children! I like your sketches and to see how they have been "converted" into reality. I'm eager to see the next posts!:)

Jan said...

Your costuming for the play at the Russian school is exquisitely detailed, rich, regal, and lush. The period fabrics, colors, and textures evoked a magical feeling. Phenomenal! How many hours/days/weeks did this take? Congratulations.
Fondly, Jan Gordon,
East Meets West Flowers

Shirley Neary said...

Natalya, I have never seen such exquisite photos of a school production. Love your sketches!
Lucky schoolchildren to have dedicated volunteers.