I spent Friday at Niagara-on-the-lake’s Shaw Festival for a day of theatre and sight seeing.
Itinerary:Get ready. Vintage dress, with bat wing sleeves and a YYZ Imports necklace.
YYZ Imports Necklace
Assorted Rings… ring finger (White Feather Designs’ custom engagement ring)
Birds, and bling…
Getting ready for the day out.
My dressing room is my 7-year-old-self’s dream come true.
Makeup: a gold smokey eye and pale pink lip. Inspired by my magazine perusin, I added a hint of gold to the inner corner for aime sparkly and a hint of vintage bling, and hair to match – a bit teased up and sixties looking but softer.
A look I pulled from an old magazine.
I’m a daytime smokey eye fan. And adding some gold to the inner corner is on trend for fall.
…bangs are the obvious part of a look… Cause I already have ’em.
Checking all the boxes for Fall’s ‘Hit List’: Big Bang.
Next…Get there: tour the Shaw Festival Theatre. We went on a backstage tour and same te costume department, scene shop and trap doors below the stage.
The Festival Theatre: We had a great backstage tour.
Models of show sets. These maquettes are used to show actors (and production crew) what the full scale sets will look like as they rehearse and plan their show.
Costume designs are sketched up and provided to the costume department to invent, re-invent, sew and create.
Final pieces bring to life the artistic vision.
The photo above shows this creation as it appeared on the stage.
Costumes from past shows were on display and completely gorgeous.
This costume appeared in last season’s production of Cabaret. Fanciful and bright!
Another real-life costume, up close, for us to see the craftsmanship and detail.
And here is a still from the stage production… brought to life!
Sometimes pieces need to be distressed, to appear worn or damaged in subsequent scenes. That all takes place in the costume shop.
After our tour, we headed for lunch at Fournos; saganaki and souvlaki!
And gelato at Carlotta’s. The best in town!
Always spoiled for choice! More treats at Carlotta’s
The small town charm is amplified by the presence of many horse drawn carriages that take tourists around the downtown.
Fall colours in full effect.
Show #1: a matinee production of Sweet Charity
Inside the Festival Theatre
Costumes from past shows
For dinner, I joined my parents for a home cooked meal.
Then off for Show #2: Peter and the Star catcher at the Royal George Theatre.
Peter Pan’s origin story. A raucous, fun-filled ensemble production that had us cackling with laughter and amazed like awe-filled children.
The cast of Peter and the Starcatcher
Peter and the Star Catcher
Next season the Shaw Festival is putting on Sweeney Todd, Alice and A Woman of No Importance, among other fantastic shows. I will definitely be back for that.
As the theatre let out, before you know it, it’s midnight. Sweet dreams. It’s almost Halloween!