Month: July 2018

Unforgettable resistance through costume and dance in Carnival

Unforgettable resistance through costume and dance in Carnival

All of us partied morning hours to morning hours, and a joyous soul permeated almost everything; appearances, customs and speech. The centrepiece from it all have been wheeled wonderland islands (floats) inhabited merely by amazingly gorgeous yet extremely vulgar costumed creatures performed by Carnival masqueraders.…

WGNO’s Adam Bowles showcases all of the crazy costumes at Mechacon!

WGNO’s Adam Bowles showcases all of the crazy costumes at Mechacon!

Mechacon came to New Orleans this weekend! It’s one of the largest Anime conventions in the nation celebrating Japanese animation. WGNO’s Adam Bowles got to see all of the unique and crazy costumes that Anime lovers wore and he even got to try on one…

In full costume, Kearney Community Theatre actor loses himself to ‘Cats’ character

In full costume, Kearney Community Theatre actor loses himself to ‘Cats’ character

Something magical happens when Lars Johnson puts on his costume and makeup before taking the stage as Shimbleshanks.

“It definitely is a lot of work to get into the makeup, the costume and the wig but it really does add an extra layer of feeling to the character,” Johnson said about his role in Kearney Community Theatre’s production of “Cats.”

The actor recalled the first night of wearing makeup at a rehearsal.

“Seeing yourself and everybody else with our cat faces, it really made it an entirely different performance,” he said. “After layering in the costumes and the wigs, I tend to forget who I am and who everybody else is around me because no one looks like themselves anymore.”

The production of the award-winning musical continues at Kearney Community Theatre with performances at 7:30 p.m. today through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets for the show are $18.

“Cats,” often described as a sung-through musical, features a series of vignettes about a troupe of feline characters. The show premiered in 1981 in London. The Kearney Community Theatre’s production features a cast of 29 performers.

Johnson describes his character as a cat who admires an orderly world.

“Shimbleshanks is one of the older cats,” he said. “He’s kind of a tomcat who’s very cheerful and friendly compared to some of the others. He works on the railway train going to various places in England. He likes things to be in order and as they should be.”

While the costume helps Johnson get into character, the discomfort of wearing excessive makeup and extra layers of clothing can make the performance uncomfortable for the cast members.

“It’s very hot wearing those costumes,” he said. “The wigs are all made completely out of yarn so that makes your head very hot. The Spandex suits, along with a wool vest over it combined with arm warmers and leg warmers — plus with a faceful of makeup plugging your pores — it’s very hot under the stage lights. You really notice it.”

The design of the costumes prevents the crew from washing the actors’ clothing.

“We’re not the best smelling group of cats, for sure,” Johnson laughed. “To give the costume a look of fur, the costume crew used a Sharpie to add the detail and the accents. To wash the costumes would make it all run out and not look like it’s supposed to. So it’s been up to fabric Febreze to keep us going.”

The makeup, so close to his eyes, occasionally creates problems for Johnson.

“There’s been times when I’m on stage and my vision just goes cloudy because of the makeup,” he said. “You just have to keep going and pretend that nothing’s wrong.”

The way he creates his character makes “Cats” unique for Johnson.

“It’s all about body acting and movement,” he said. “You build your character by how you present yourself visually rather than how you speak or say your lines. For each cat to make a distinction between the others, it’s all in how the characters move.”

When asked if he considers himself a cat person, Johnson replied, “Absolutely. I’ve grown up with cats all my life. I grew up on a ranch so I was surrounded by farm cats. Now that I live here in Kearney I have a cat of my own. Having a cat helps a lot with the show. There will be times when I’ll be watching my cat and I’ll notice something about her, how she holds herself.”

Johnson uses those mannerisms to help define his character.”

“I’ve thought, ‘I could work that into the show somehow,’” he said. “I think I thanked her by name in my character bio.”

Following the close of “Cats,” Johnson plans to move to Lincoln.

“I still want to continue acting and pursing theater,” said Johnson, a recent University of Nebraska at Kearney graduate. “I want to do it anyway I can whether it is through community theater or something more.”

How Ryan Reynolds’ Mom Helps Him Squeeze Into His Deadpool Costume

How Ryan Reynolds’ Mom Helps Him Squeeze Into His Deadpool Costume

Playing a superhero on the big screen may look like an easy gig, but there can certainly be some drawbacks. Lucky for us, Ryan Reynolds is not afraid to share them. Crime fighters like Reynolds’ Deadpool character wear incredibly tight costumes, and as he revealed…

Surrey dancer has future in costume design all mapped out

Surrey dancer has future in costume design all mapped out

In the world of dance, classical ballet has been the magical foundation for learning this performing art. We imagine little girls in tutus twirling around the classroom with hair drawn up in a bun and feet clad in pink ballet slippers. Sure, ballet is for…

Boltman auction ends without sale of mascot costume, rights

Boltman auction ends without sale of mascot costume, rights

In the end, perhaps it was fitting that just as the Chargers fell short of their goal year after year, so, too, did their unofficial mascot.

Boltman, aka Dan Jauregui, announced Monday his eBay auction of the costume and “full intellectual property rights to the Boltman character” ended without a sale.

In a news release emailed to the media, Jauregui said the highest bid received was $71,600, which was short of the reserve price he set but refused to divulge. (The eBay listing on July 12 listed a reserve of $5,000, but that was clearly in error.)

“I understand to some fans, this may seem like a lot of money for a mascot character,” Jauregui said in the release. “However, if I were to have accepted this bid it would have negatively affected me financially. With 50 percent of the potential winning bid dedicated to Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego, the net proceeds after all taxes and fees would have been roughly $20,000. After over two decades and investing over six figures, it would not have been a wise choice to sell at that price.”

Jauregui apologized to fans and said he plans to “dedicate some time and try to find a perfect home for putting Boltman on display.”

He added he was still “open to the possibility” of selling Boltman to any company that would pledge 50 percent of the proceeds to Rady Children’s Hospital.

“Perhaps,” he said, “there could still be a positive end to this story.”

Spidey wears classic costume in Spider-Man PS4 game trailer from Comic-Con

Spidey wears classic costume in Spider-Man PS4 game trailer from Comic-Con

Before Spider-Man swings back onto the big screen, you can play as the web-slinging superhero in Marvel’s Spider-Man PS4 game. And you can do it not only wearing Spidey’s most recent white-spider-themed suit, but his classic red and blue outfit. PlayStation’s new game trailer, which…

Yvonne Blake, Award-Winning Costume Designer, Is Dead at 78

Yvonne Blake, Award-Winning Costume Designer, Is Dead at 78

Yvonne Blake, the British-born, Spanish-based costume designer who won an Oscar for Russian chinchilla-trimmed coats and grand military uniforms in “Nicholas and Alexandra” and science-fiction immortality for superhero and supervillain ensembles in “Superman,” died on Tuesday in Madrid. She was 78. The death was announced…

5 Perfect “Riverdale” Halloween Costume Ideas

5 Perfect “Riverdale” Halloween Costume Ideas

Halloween is just around the corner and so is Riverdale season 3! Celebrate the holiday and the return of the show with these 5 Riverdale costumes that are guaranteed to make you the winner of the costume contest. You can watch how the looks are put together here.

 

Keep it cool and angsty as Jughead Jones. Layer up with a tee, flannel and, of course, leather jacket. Pair that with some jeans, throw on a beanie and you’re good to trick or treat and/or reveal your small town’s secrets.

Dress-up as Riverdale’s queen bee for Halloween this year. Go with a red dress for the base of your outfit and build out from there with some glamorous accessories. Signature attitude and one-liners not included.

Go for the classic Betty Cooper look with a pastel sweater, converse and a pair of jeans. Don’t forget to pull your hair back into an extra tight pony!

Archie Andrews is sure to be a popular costume this year. Throw on a Riverdale letterman jacket and you’ll be ready to scheme and save the town all night long.

Go as the ultimate Riverdale vixen, Veronica Lodge. Grab your best pearls and a colored shirt, and don’t forget those heels. You’ll be breaking hearts in no time.

Jason Momoa & James Wan Tease Classic Aquaman Costume in the DCEU

Jason Momoa & James Wan Tease Classic Aquaman Costume in the DCEU

Both Jason Momoa and James Wan – respectively the star and the director of the upcoming Aquaman movie – have teased that the classic Aquaman costume from the comics will be making an appearance in the movie. The first trailer for the highly anticipated film,…