Monday, February 21, 2011

Life as a Costume Manager

This is a story about a day in the life of Corinna Bohren, the Costume Manager for Arizona Opera...........

The costume shop is always a busy hive of activity!

On any given day AZO has as many as ten people (wigs, milliners, drapers, stitchers, crafters) preparing the singers to look their part on stage.  Most of our costumes are rented from other opera companies, which gives us the challenge of taking someone else’s design and fitting it to our singers and sets.

An average day during a show run will find me in the office at 7:30 a.m preparing paperwork and anticipating the needs of the next production and season.  By 12:00 p.m., I am in the theatre with my assistant ironing and steaming all of the garments you see on stage (usually upwards of 200 pieces) and laundering all of the skins (costume lingo for undershirts).   By 5:00 p.m. my crew arrives and they check their dressing rooms, distribute shirts, socks and any other laundered items.

We buzz around helping with zippers, calming nerves, soothing illness, checking that everything is being worn correctly and setting up any quick changes that will occur during the production.

After the show is done for the night, we pick up the laundry from each room, tidy the spaces and review how the show went. 10:30 p.m. usually finds the staff gone and by 11:00 p.m., I have done a final check, started the laundry and am saying goodnight to the security guard . . . all in preparation to come back the next morning and do it again!

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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Happiness Rules at Ballet Arizona!

WHAT: Don Quixote
WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 10, 7PM
     Friday, Feb. 11, 8PM
     Saturday, Feb. 12, 2 pm and 8 pm
     Sunday, Feb. 13, 2 pm

Ballet Arizona’s first offering of the New Year Don Quixote, may just be the perfect ballet for everyone—even people who don’t know anything about ballet. Perfect for Valentine’s weekend is the story of a retired gentleman who spins into the realm of fantasy after reading too many tales of chivalry. Convinced he is a knight, Don Quixote, along with his sidekick Sancho Panza, embarks on a journey of adventure that also includes a love story. The object of Don Quixote’s affection is a young woman named Kitri, who is in love with a poor barber. But Kitri’s father wishes her to marry a nobleman named Gamache. And so a lover’s quadrangle is formed…

Ballet Arizona’s production of Don Quixote is upbeat, delightful, and full of passionate dancing. Here is a love story without an accompanying tragedy. No curses, spells or dying swans. The ballet puts aside the satire and darker social commentary to make room for good-natured fun and energetic dancing. From the bravura dancing of the fiery matadors to the colorful caravan of gypsies, the stage explodes with one show-stopping dance after another.

Don Quixote is accompanied by The Phoenix Symphony playing the score by Ludwig Minkus. The music is lively and full of expressive melodies perfect for this festive romantic comedy and Valentine treat of a Ballet!

Tickets are available for $17 - $121. Discounts are offered for seniors, students, children and groups. Call (602) 381-1096 or online at

Members and corporate partners of the Arizona 5 Arts Circle will be attending this wonderful performance and loving every minute of it!
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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

New and Exciting Direction for the Private Conversations Blog

Taken from public performance. Jan, 13th 2007 ...Image via WikipediaStarting next week, the Private Conversations blog is taking a new and interesting direction......

First, imagine that you love symphony music and wonder what it would be like for the conductor five minutes before he/she takes the stage for a performance.  Next thing you know, you are standing in a hidden corner of a symphony hall and you just happen to overhear the Maestro talking to a friend as he's walking up to the stage.......and you can hear every word!

Well, that's exactly what we plan to have happen on this site.  Interesting people talking about interesting topics that you would not necessarily get to hear....unless you were eavesdropping on them!  Guests from all walks of life will share some of their private conversations on the subjects that are near and dear to their hearts.

Hope you like it!
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