If you’ve done a show at DreamWrights, you probably know Rebecca Eastman, the costumer. Many people, especially the kids, think she lives in the costume shop. Some days she feels like she does. But because she’s a normal fixture behind the sewing machine or under a garment with needle and thread, she blends right in and is privy to many a green room conversation. As the crew and cast create the splendor and magic of The Wizard of Oz, Rebecca shares some of the magnificent things that have caught her ear.
“I’m a tree!!! I’ve never been a tree before! How cool is that?!”
“WE GET UMBRELLAS!!!”
Question: “I wonder what the poppies do?”
Answer: “WE HAVE UMBRELLAS AND WE DANCE!!”
“Mom, I’m so excited! I am the MAYOR!”
Rebecca working on monkey wings turns around to see herself surrounded by a sea of three foot tall munchkin eyes, all open really wide.
Rebecca: “May I help you? Does Andrew need you for practice?”
Munchkin: “Not right now. We like to watch.”
Rebecca: “That’s ok. Just listen for Andrew. You can come do costumes when you are 10.”
From a parent passing through the green room during singing rehearsal: “Wow! They sound good already!”
“Monkey wings!!! And weird hair! Which one is mine? Can I try them on?”
Lion: “I feel like I am in my jammies. SO soft.”
Rebecca thinks to herself: Wait until the stage lights come on!
“Monkey jackets are cool!”
While jumping up and down: “Can’t wait can’t wait can’t wait! This is soooo much fun!”
Whether you’re a tree or a munchkin, a costumer or on props, there is fun and excitement to be found in every part of staging a production. Just ask Rebecca.