The Thaumaturgy Department

(It's dramaturgy, not thaumaturgy.)

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thaumaturg
Main Entry: thau·ma·turg
Pronunciation: \ˈthȯ-mə-ˌtərj\
Function: noun
Etymology: French, from New Latin thaumaturgus, from Greek thaumatourgos working miracles, from thaumat-, thauma miracle + ergon work — more at Theater, Work

2014-2015 Season:
Amadeus
Next to Normal
It's A Wonderful Life
One Night in Miami
Herzog Rep
After the Revolution
4000 Miles
Marley
Play Labs

The official blog of the Dramaturgy Department at Baltimore's CENTERSTAGE. For posts related to our current and upcoming shows, click the links to the right. Alternatively, you could begin at the beginning, and explore our posts in chronological order.

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A little video montage our costume designer prepared for Beneatha’s Place.

(Source: youtube.com)



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Wait, weren’t those costumes from The Rivals last fall? What’s that lady doing 25 feet in the air? And just what is that gentleman DOING from the cherrypicker?! All part of the yearly gala prep…



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Converting the rehearsal hall into fancy dining for our annual gala tomorrow night.



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In honor of International Women’s Day, and just because it’s delicious: “The severall habits of English women” (via Shakespeare’s England: The severall habits of English women)
(Of course, by “habits” they mean attire or outfits, not behavior….)

In honor of International Women’s Day, and just because it’s delicious: “The severall habits of English women” (via Shakespeare’s England: The severall habits of English women)

(Of course, by “habits” they mean attire or outfits, not behavior….)



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CENTERSTAGE - BEHIND THE SCENES (by drury bynum)



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mathcat345:

“The Rivals” was a romp and as always, Center Stage folk did an excellent job with staging and costuming.
I did not realize that the term “malapropism” came from this play. The character, Mrs. Malaprop, used so many of them throughout the production that there’s no way I could relay them all to you.
Here is just one of the costumes. The Center Stage website has all sorts of information on the production. I haven’t read my playbill yet, but one of the videos on the site said that the women’s costumes were made by someone in New York who costumes a lot of Broadway productions (“Wicked” was one of them).

mathcat345:

“The Rivals” was a romp and as always, Center Stage folk did an excellent job with staging and costuming.

I did not realize that the term “malapropism” came from this play. The character, Mrs. Malaprop, used so many of them throughout the production that there’s no way I could relay them all to you.

Here is just one of the costumes. The Center Stage website has all sorts of information on the production. I haven’t read my playbill yet, but one of the videos on the site said that the women’s costumes were made by someone in New York who costumes a lot of Broadway productions (“Wicked” was one of them).



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lovely mention for The Rivals (and well-deserved raves for costumes by resident artist David Burdick). show runs to october 30th at centerstage in baltimore. and those butterflies? printed by our own graphics department!
mathcat345:

Mrs. Malaprop had a butterfly theme. In her hair, on her dress, as the border for the wallpaper, and the portrait on her wall was of her in the very same dress.
I am looking forward to the rest of the season. I did thoroughly enjoy today’s performance. Normally, the theater is packed, so I am not certain as to why today’s audience was lacking in numbers.
If you’re in the Baltimore area, Center Stage offers great theater for a reasonable price.
(I am not paid for this endorsement)

lovely mention for The Rivals (and well-deserved raves for costumes by resident artist David Burdick). show runs to october 30th at centerstage in baltimore. and those butterflies? printed by our own graphics department!

mathcat345:

Mrs. Malaprop had a butterfly theme. In her hair, on her dress, as the border for the wallpaper, and the portrait on her wall was of her in the very same dress.

I am looking forward to the rest of the season. I did thoroughly enjoy today’s performance. Normally, the theater is packed, so I am not certain as to why today’s audience was lacking in numbers.

If you’re in the Baltimore area, Center Stage offers great theater for a reasonable price.

(I am not paid for this endorsement)



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Zombie joggers infest Baltimore

Just in time for Halloween comes this truly special local event.

baltiamore: megabus:

Ever wanted to know what it would be like to fight for survival during a zombie infestation? Well you can get a taste of it on Oct. 22 in Baltimore at “Run for your Lives.” This zombie-filled 5K obstacle course promises to be a blast. Not into running? you can also watch! This is definitely a Must See! Hurry to register because the deadline is Oct. 1!



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Now that THE WIZ has had its first crowd….

…and since you can see some snaps of what things are looking like on stage, here are a few assorted snippets of where things have been and come since that first day of rehearsal almost exactly a month ago. First up, a few excerpts from an early stage manager’s report, showing the evolution of thinking about some set dressing (including that laundry line pictured elsewhere, not to mention some scantily clad ensemble members dressing Glinda’s palanquin). You also get a sense of some of the thoughts behind some supporting characters who make passing appearances. How close did this come to what eventually ended up on stage? Well, you have to see the show to know that, duh! And if you’ve seen it and find yourself reading this, weigh in with a note. Or if you’ve seen it and wonder about another element, pose the query and we’ll try to get you some background.   

  1. We are thinking that the clothespins in scene 1 should be the type that actually clip.  May we have some to work with in rehearsal?  Thank you.
  2. Please ADD feather fans for the four ensemble women to use to fan Glinda.
  3. Irene is thinking that the items that come from the Wiz’ suitcase may be from Vietnam. Possibly the courage medal is something he earned in the war. 

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  1. The winged monkey that appears first (MaShawn) should be recognizable as the leader of the monkeys.
  2. Irene and Willie would like to use the ensemble women as attendants to Glinda. This is in addition to the four men who carry the litter.


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Via www.harkavagrant.com comes this delightful bit of levity, in part at the expense of those wonderful Victorians, and in part in sympathy for them I suppose. As Earnest and its Wilde wit recedes into the distance, with only a few performances remaining, we look back fondly. And share this lighthearted jest.
-GHW

Via www.harkavagrant.com comes this delightful bit of levity, in part at the expense of those wonderful Victorians, and in part in sympathy for them I suppose. As Earnest and its Wilde wit recedes into the distance, with only a few performances remaining, we look back fondly. And share this lighthearted jest.

-GHW



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Design rendering for Lady Bracknell, or Aunt Augusta. She’s being brought to life marvelously in this production by long-time Associate Artist Larry O’Dwyer (recently honored with a Best of Baltimore award for his acting). Looks like a bit of Cruella deVille might have snuck in there….

Larry is fond of noting that it’s the second “Aunt Augusta” he’ll have played here at CENTERSTAGE. Some may remember his versatile turn in the wonderful stage adaptation of Graham Greene’s Travels With My Aunt—in which he and three other men each played the central narrator as well as scads of other roles, including Larry tackling (with the aid of no costume change or anything other than raw acting) the Mame-like aunt of the title.



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One of Costume Designer Candice Donnelly’s renderings for Earnest. This is for Cecily Cardew (played in our production by Nicole Lowrence), 18 year-old ward of Jack Worthing (Ben Huber), a.k.a. “Ernest.” Not to be confused with the Ernest who comes a-courtin’ and knocks Cecily off her flowered, bow-wrapped tuffet; that would be Jack’s buddy, Algy (Luke Robertson), in disguise. Ah, the endless delights of the well-made play rendered in full farcical flower by Mr. Wilde.
Good looking cast, eh? Ok, fair shakes, this little summary does leave out the fourth “lover” in the foursome, the imposing Gwendolen Fairfax (Gretchen Hall), inamorata of Jack. So, here is Gretchen.
Renderings for each of them are in other posts.

One of Costume Designer Candice Donnelly’s renderings for Earnest. This is for Cecily Cardew (played in our production by Nicole Lowrence), 18 year-old ward of Jack Worthing (Ben Huber), a.k.a. “Ernest.” Not to be confused with the Ernest who comes a-courtin’ and knocks Cecily off her flowered, bow-wrapped tuffet; that would be Jack’s buddy, Algy (Luke Robertson), in disguise. Ah, the endless delights of the well-made play rendered in full farcical flower by Mr. Wilde.

Good looking cast, eh? Ok, fair shakes, this little summary does leave out the fourth “lover” in the foursome, the imposing Gwendolen Fairfax (Gretchen Hall), inamorata of Jack. So, here is Gretchen.

Renderings for each of them are in other posts.



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Gavin Witt. The man behind the tumblr. And behind a gorgeous costume created right here in our shop. The costume shop is on the third floor, just down the hall from the thaumaturgy department.
—KVW
[Editor’s note: It should be added that this costume, lovely as it may be, is not the customary daily attire in Thaumaturgy; we’re far more casual around here. And while it was constructed here on-site, it was created for a production of Wilder’s The Matchmaker and not in fact for 'Tis Pity. Which fact, if you’ve perused the interview with costume designer Candy Donnelly, should help keep you from getting mightily confused. Not to worry. Totally different shows, let alone designers. If you want a better…picture…of the look of 'Tis Pity, try this on for size.]

Gavin Witt. The man behind the tumblr. And behind a gorgeous costume created right here in our shop. The costume shop is on the third floor, just down the hall from the thaumaturgy department.

—KVW

[Editor’s note: It should be added that this costume, lovely as it may be, is not the customary daily attire in Thaumaturgy; we’re far more casual around here. And while it was constructed here on-site, it was created for a production of Wilder’s The Matchmaker and not in fact for 'Tis Pity. Which fact, if you’ve perused the interview with costume designer Candy Donnelly, should help keep you from getting mightily confused. Not to worry. Totally different shows, let alone designers. If you want a better…picture…of the look of 'Tis Pity, try this on for size.]



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Once you make all that blood, someone has to wash it out every night… (remember the Costume Designer saying she chose to work in cottons instead of silk for this very reason? no? well, look at our interview with her in the Online Dramaturgy for the show; maybe it’ll refresh your memory. C’mon, pay attention, keep up, we have a LOT to cover here!)

Once you make all that blood, someone has to wash it out every night… (remember the Costume Designer saying she chose to work in cottons instead of silk for this very reason? no? well, look at our interview with her in the Online Dramaturgy for the show; maybe it’ll refresh your memory. C’mon, pay attention, keep up, we have a LOT to cover here!)



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