Friday

kings and queens...

Yup. It's that time again. Time to design and make costumes for the annual Russian school play in January. I took the last year off, but this year I'm back for another round...

This years story is The Tale of Tzar Saltan, of His Son the Renowned and Mighty Bogatyr Prince Gvidon Saltanovich, and of the Beautiful Princess-Swan. What do you say that we'll call it Tzar Saltan for short? If you click on that link you'll read the wikipedia entry about the poem by Alexander Pushkin. The whole poem is here, translated to English of course. And the famed composer Nikolai Rimski-Korsakov wrote the opera for the tale, here's the most famous bit of music from it. Of course if you'd like to see the cartoon version, that's here....

As one can see the tale is pretty famous, been done very famous people. We, the Russian school volunteers humbly accept the challenge....

Here are the sketches that I drew of the costumes. They are really more of an idea, an inspiration for the kids to see while they are rehearsing. The actual costumes will depend greatly on the fabrics and clothing available to us and may not closely resemble the sketches. But I'll try...
The Swan Princess and Prince Gvidon
The kite bird and Chernomor the leader of the sea bogatyrs
The three trouble makers

Prince Gvidon as a bumblebee and the magical squirrel
Tzar Saltan and his Queen
Wish us luck! The sewing marathon is about to begin!

3 comments:

Giddings Art said...

What an undertaking! Your sketches are beautiful! I followed your links and enjoyed the story very much. It ought to be a wonderful production!

rossichka said...

I wish you GOOD LUCK! I believe the premiere will be a success as usual! Your costume sketches are wonderful, Natalya!! I've read the tale as a kid - I will re-read it now... Thanks for the links! The Squirrel is lovely!
Ни пуха, ни пера!:)))

Sharon W. said...

Last year was bleak without your fashion show. I am looking forward to January's show, and to all the progress reports before then!!!