It’s been a busy two weeks for the Overlook Theatre Company. They’ve been hard at work putting together all the pieces of Tarzan. That includes doing a run of the show each night to make sure the scenes, dialogue, and music flow fluently. It also includes costumes, set design, and lighting!
When it comes to putting the show together, it takes all hands on deck to get everything ready for opening night. While some of the actors are not on stage sweating and dancing, they are on the sidelines cutting, sewing, and gluing. Each gorilla costume has to be sewn, then patches of velvet fabric are cut out, glued on with fabric glue, and then cut into strips. The entire process takes about 3-4 hours per costume. Wendy Shepard, who aids greatly in the costume construction, said that there were 32 gorilla costumes in all. That’s about 5 weeks worth of construction. It’s thanks to Catherine Wright, Wendy Shepard, Wanda Corbin and Scotty Corbin that we have such great costumes. They provide the skilled labor and instructions for the rest of Overlook Theatre Company.
The job goes a lot faster when so many people are willing to pick up a pair of scissors and help the team out. Overlook is often described as a family, and that cannot be proven any more than by what you see around show time. Everyone has their job to do and finds a place to be helpful!
The same is said of our lighting and construction crew! All cast members get the chance to help out with construction and costume design, but when it comes to the expertise of the job it is left in the hands of Paul Farley, pictured below, and the ever elusive Effie Rosbert. Both take Scotty Corbin’s vision of set and lighting and makes it a reality.
The tedious work is beginning and each step has to be calculated and put to music, lighting, and soon costumes. Everything will run smoothly in the hands of these dedicated professionals. Thanks to a great off stage group, all the actors have to do is focus on acting and the perfect expressions. Like our two villains here Kutter, Drew Townsend, and Clayton, Patrick Brannon, who have perfected their evil laugh and maniacal looks!
I don’t want to spoil the surprise, but the set design is genius and you’ll feel like you’ve stepped out of Franklin, North Carolina and into heart of the African jungle. Like Jane, you’ll find that you might not want to leave.
Remember, tickets are on sale NOW at the Chamber of Commerce. Shows are April 3, 4, 5, at 7:30PM and April 6 at 2:30PM. We’re SO excited to see you there!