DH works for the Wolf Performing Arts Center, in Wynnewood, PA www.WolfPerformingArtsCenter.org
. It's a children's theatre and school which puts up two mainstage shows per year, a straight play in the fall, and a full-scale musical in the spring. Most people involved in the plays do so out of the goodness of their hearts, from the set construction and design to the concessions donations, to the programs and costumes. I was called on to develop and bring to life the make-up designs for all 19 characters in the Velveteen Rabbit. We added a couple characters to fill out the cast and involve more children (that's why you don't remember reading about the Organ Grinder's Monkey or the Teddy Bear!) Most of the designs were taken from the Don Daily illustrated version of The Velveteen Rabbit. The toys, costumes and make-up were designed to correspond. Thank goodness I had some helpers the night of the show. Without further ado:
The Velveteen Rabbit (Yes, those are whiskers spirit-gummed to her face)
The Skin Horse (or, as we called her, "The Skinny Horse")
Bulka, The Rag Puppy (who generates a metric ton of dust and faints at the slightest provocation)
The Wind-up Mouse (who thinks her internal mechanism is the best!)
Timothy, the Wooden Lion (who is allergic to Bulka's dust)
The toy versions of Mouse and Lion:
The Toy Soldier (always falsely accused of sleeping on the watch)
The Teddy Bear
The Organ Grinder's Monkey
The Real Rabbits (or, as I called them, "Rabbitzes") There were 5 total, each slightly different
In the play version, they call the Nursery Magic Fairy the "Toy Fairy", which made me slightly cringe (if it ain't broke...), but I thoroughly enjoyed the make-up designs for this girl
In the play version, the Scarlet Fever is embodied in an actor and called the "Scarlet Fear" by the boy and all the toys. We had to make her look extra scary 'cuz she kept smiling and ruining the effect. After one show, a matinee where she scared a number of the under 5 set, a little boy came up to her. His mother said he had a message. He said, "Don't you ever touch Alex [the boy] again!" She promised she wouldn't.
I didn't include my make-up "designs" for the boy, the doctor, or Nana, though you can see them all, professionally photographed at www.londaphotography.com
. They're stunning photos!