Parlando: The COC Blog

12/14/2010

The Magic Flute: Giraffes and Umbrellas

Creating a new production like The Magic Flute involves building a lot of things from scratch. We've seen some of the sets and the props in construction, and now we'll take a look at some of the costumes. I dropped in on a costume fitting for John Kriter, a member of the COC chorus who will be donning some of the production's most spectacular and colourful costumes (designed by Myung Hee Cho).

In Act I, he'll be playing a giraffe. Here's the designer's sketch (you can see the full set of sketches here): 

 

The most prominent feature of the costume is, of course, the tall giraffe headpiece, which was constructed by the props department and brought in for the fitting. Here's a picture of the (unfinished) giraffe head: it needed to be held up when not being fitted; otherwise it would have fallen over. The eyelashes are a particularly nice touch.

 


Here's John wearing the head - you can really get a sense of how large it is in this picture. He had to move out of the regular fitting area and into a high-ceilinged hallway to have enough space to try it on. 

 

  


Here's a closer look at the harness that helps it stay in position.

 


In addition to the giraffe, John will also perform an anthropomorphic representation of water during the "trial by fire and water" scene near the end of the opera. As might be expected, his costume for this scene is blue. It comes with a wig . . .

 


. . . and an umbrella. This umbrella is only a mock-up; the version used in the production will be larger and have more streamers.

 


Action shot! 

 


I took the opportunity to take a snapshot of Pamina's costume-in-progress. I've also included a picture of the design sketch, for comparison.

 

if these costumes are any indication, the production will be full of colour!

Posted by Cecily Carver / in 2010/2011 / comments (2) / permalink

Simone Osborne (12/18/2010 1:12:00 PM)
Hooray for pink Pamina! Great post Cecily and looking good John!
(2/4/2011 7:39:00 PM)
How delightfully imaginative. I can't wait to see it all.

Sara Fulgoni in the COC production of Bluebeard's Castle. Photo: Michael Cooper © 2001