Costume creation day a steaming success

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Taking part in the Fiordland Players' steampunk costume creation day are (at back) Pauline Nicholson, (seated front, from left) Heather Kovalenko, Southern Society of Steampunk Steamologists members Silvana McFarlane, Maia Mostarac, both of Invercargill, and (standing at front) Fiordland Players' wardrobe supervisor Junelle McMurtrie. Photo: Supplied

THE Fiordland Players Theatre Group held its first costume creation day with a steampunk theme at the weekend.

Group spokeswoman Jodene Kennedy said the group chose steampunk as it was often requested as a party or dress-up.

“We had limited options available in our costume hire wardrobe, plus some of our members had an interest in learning more about steampunk fashion.”

Nine people attended the afternoon, including members of the Southern Society of Steampunk Steamologists from Invercargill, Silvana McFarlane and Maia Mostarac, she said.

“There were a couple of teenagers who wanted to learn new sewing skills, which was encouraging that this genre is appealing to the younger generation.”

A fashion show would be held at the Fiordland Community Family Fun Day on June 27, Kennedy said.

“Now it’s down to finishing sewing the main designs and accessories like boot spats, neck ruffs and braces which we hope to have ready in time for the fashion show.”

Once the Steampunk collection was complete, the group would create a Game of Thrones section.

“All costumes are created by remodelling and using fabric from our existing collection,” she said.

Those interested in taking part could contact the Fiordland Players Theatre Group through its Facebook page.

The theatre group also had different activities coming up in the next few weeks with an Acting Workshop for Kids aged 8-14 years on Monday, June 7, and School of Performing Arts workshops on June 19 and 20 with Arlie McCormick and David Harrison covering voice, singing, performance, guitar and songwriting. A small concert to showcase the workshop would be held from 2pm to 4pm on June 20.

The group also planned to present three one-act plays in August. A read-through evening would be held in early July for those interested in learning more. For more details, phone Kathy on 022 497 2990.

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