Every actor/actress knows about costume mishaps. Every director (including yours truly) works hard to avoid them! You can prepare your cast for pretty much everything–except those quick costume changes!
In a recent production of “Foul Case of the Missing Pheasant,” one of my characters had approximately 30 seconds to change from one costume to another. I did everything I could to give her more time, but “no can do” was the phrase of the day. She only had so much music to get out of one costume and into another before magically appearing on the stage again.
In the scene prior to the change, I instructed her to leave the stage a few seconds ahead of the other characters. Only one problem: she had lines to deliver. So, on the night of the show, she delivered her lines. . .and took off running! The music kicked in and the next scene was set to begin. . .without the actress! Finally, from around the corner she came, barreling in with her new costume (sort of) on!
Ever feel like that in your own life? Like things are happening so fast you can’t control them? This happens to my lead character, Tia Morales, in The Director’s Cut. She realizes that some things in her life (like that costume in our play) need to be changed. She’s not great with change. And, to complicate matters. . .change is coming in a hurry! She’s got to change her attitude. . .about family, about love, and about a particular fella she’s butted heads with in the past.
If you like a fun story will with quick changes, you’ll love The Director’s Cut. Follow the link below to get a copy for yourself!