Please Hang Up Your Costume

Please Hang Up Your Costume

If your school or community theatre program are like the one in which I assist with, you probably find yourself renting your costumes for the majority of your productions. As it goes, you spend thousands of dollars renting beautiful costumes for your young cast members to wear to help bring their characters to life and provide the students a better theatre experience. 

But, what happens when the dress rehearsal or the performance is over and you instruct your cast to get out of costume and “be sure to hang it up the way they found it” (provided you or your costume supervisor hung it for them in just the right way before the student was given possession of the costume)? Again, if your students are like the ones I work with, these instructions go in one ear and out the other. (If your students are not like this, congratulations! You have super-human pre-teens and teenagers who know how to properly hang a dress or fold their pants seam-to-seam.)

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An Exclusive Chat with Clifford Schwartz, Production Supervisor of "Frozen"

An Exclusive Chat with Clifford Schwartz, Production Supervisor of "Frozen"

When the average person thinks of a career within Broadway, they are most likely thinking about the actors and on-stage performers. The reality is that takes a team to build a hit Broadway show, and a lot of the needed creativity comes from the crew overseeing a show’s production. In the case of Clifford Schwartz, a veteran Production Supervisor and Stage Manager for a multitude of hit Broadway shows, he often spends years preparing for a show’s launch, long before an opening date has even been decided.

I had the pleasure of speaking with Schwartz about his past, present and future behind-the-scenes on Broadway. Schwartz’s current work schedule ought to simultaneously intrigue and puzzle the majority of Onstage Blog readers, as it not only shows how busy Disney keeps him, but also how much planning goes into what he does. Since our Q&A, Frozen has opened in New York, immediately reaching Top 10 Broadway sales status.

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