Just how do you take an average 5 - 7 year old and transform her into a cute little barnyard fowl? Oh, yes, make that for under $10 per child please. I have been researching and culling ideas from many sources. The best ideas, of course, are very expensive. My budget for this play is very limited, but I still want to create a great product. So, this is what I have so far for the little chicks. I took a yellow Tee shirt, added a yellow tulle tutu, and few "feather" fluffs at the shoulders and a tuft at the neck, gave her some yellow shorts for modesty, made a little cap with a top not of "feathers" and will add a beak and eyes. The yellow glove feet are an idea I'd like to try. I wonder if the kids will be able to dance in those silly feet?
The Duck family will be exercise enthusiasts, well, the papa and boys will be at least. Their song is about training for the next big race. The mama duck will try her best, but she is clutzy and just wants to look fashionable. Her dearest wish is to be as glamourous as Mrs. Goose. Here she is in her 1980's Jazzersize outfit with headband, leg warmers and tutu. Obviously, the big ruffles will be tufted in the back to look like tail feathers. This was made from a thrift store white hoodie, recycled ruffles from another costume, blue jersey fabric, and the quickly crocheted leg-warmers made from donated yarn.
The other characters are coming along, as well. Making a boy version for every girl version has been interesting. I have not actually met the children of the cast yet, so, fitting these parts and pieces to real bodies will be the next challenge and will need to be flexible to fit a range of sizes. The girl costumes are easier than the ones for the boys. I have been able to suggest the idea of tail feathers by using lots of ruffles in the back of the tutus. I don't think the boys would like to wear tutus, so I have had to come up with alternate plans for their tail feathers. But making the enormous fluffy tail feathers for the rooster and the turkey I have just not figured out yet. Wish me luck!
My name is Betsy Bailey. I have sung, written and taught music all of my life. I enjoy writing and directing Children's Theater shows. This blog will be directed to topics on creating the magic of Children's Theater. I would love to hear your comments!