Crew Introductions: Sylvia Drill and Margie Shinn (Costume Designers)
Wilsonville Theater Company's production of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest, now on stage at the Frog Pond Grange in Wilsonville, required a costume designer and seamstress with the ability to make period pieces for this 19th century play. This entailed multiple changes for some of the actors, designed to ensure that the 1890's costumes not only fit the era, but the actors as well! Sylvia and Margie's attention to detail was exquisite. Hats, dresses, trousers, coats , vests, shoes, wigs and accessories were magically plucked from thrift shops, trunks, and closets, or made from scratch. The vast array of choices to determine the correct assemble for each actor was, to employ an overused cliché', amazing!So who are this magicians, the queens of fabric, buttons, snaps, safety pins and of course, Velcro? Sylvia Drill was recommended to WTC by a friend, Linda Thatcher, and turned out to be the catalyst for bringing it all together. Margie Shinn, an accomplished seamstress, assisted in sewing, hemming, snipping and creating ascots and cummerbunds for the men, and carefully insuring that the women's dresses were perfection.
Sylvia Drill was raised in and around San Diego. Her introduction to theater occurred as a crew member for "Music Man" and "Walter Mitty" at Poway High School. (Go Titans!) In college, she focused on costuming, and creating all of the attire for "Rashomon" and "The Old Lady Shows Her Medals," as well as other plays. Some of her other contributions included costumes for "Blythe Spirit", "Dial M For Murder" for the Escondido Players, as well as for the principals in "Once Upon a Mattress" for the Escondido Civic Light Opera.
Sylvia's friend and associate in WTC's production, Margie Shinn, although not a trained costume designer with a litany of theater work in her bio, brought her love of sewing to this play. She was solely responsible for making sure that 'Canon Chasuble' s (my role) cummerbund did not burst its Velcro and leave me on stage with a long black satin tail. Thank you Margie for your 'loss control' expertise. A grandmother of two, she enjoys serving on the Wilsonville High School Booster Club Board, as well as working with New Life Threads, a non-profit organization supporting Rwandan tailors by importing and selling handmade items.
WTC cannot thank these women enough. Without their talent, our production of The Importance of Being Earnest would not have been able to fulfill Oscar Wilde's vision of this charming, hilariously funny 'Trivial comedy for serious minds,' as Wilde described it.
The play continues with performances on October 18 (today), 23rd, 24, and 25th at 7:00 PM at the Frog Pond Grange Hall on Stafford Road in Wilsonville, with a 2:00PM matinee on the 25th. I am told that tickets are still available by clicking on "Tickets" above right on this page. They may also be purchased at the door, cash or credit card.
So, gather up a carload of family and friends, drive over to the Frog Pond Grange and enjoy a delightful evening with Jack, Algernon, Gwendolen, Cecily, Lady Bracknell, Miss Prism, and Lane/Merryman the butler. Oh yeah, and The Reverend Canon Chasuble, of course.
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