Our Rogue Costume Designers are hard at work putting together crazy costumes for our Second Annual Gala and Funland Fool Fest. They gave us a few moments of their time between creating cotton candy wigs and light-up dresses.
Rogue Artists Ensemble: You guys are creating a slew of new character costumes for the upcoming Gala. Tell us a little about your vision for the evening. What are you inspirations?
Our inspiration for the evening comes straight out of our upcoming show, Pinocchio. The event will transport guests to FUNLAND, the hedonistic adult amusement park where Pinocchio is turned into a donkey as punishment for his ass-like behavior. The event is split into two parts: a more formal Gala, and later a raucous dance party. In both parts of the event, we want to convey a mood of naughtiness and frivolity, set against a twisted carnival or midway vibe. We’re hoping it will be vibrant, fun, and silly… and just a touch sinister.
RAE: What is your favorite piece you are building?
My favorite piece is probably the showstopping gown that will be worn by our host for the evening, Blue. She is the Blue Fairy character from Pinocchio, and she will be looking quite badass in her retro-punk diva gown. You can’t miss her; she has blue hair, and she has been known to light up – literally!
Right now I’m beginning work on these big cotton candy wigs that some of our atmosphere volunteers will be wearing at the Gala. They’re going to to be big and pink and will light up! Oh and don’t try to eat them! Unless you’re VERY daring!
RAE: Should people keep an eye out for any surprises or details?
There will be many surprises throughout the evening – definitely keep an eye out for roaming characters who may be willing to interact with you for a ticket or two!
Things will light up …. things will spin…. if you get too close…. you might WIN!
RAE: The theme of the evening is Funland – how do your costumes relate to the world of the Pinocchio project RAE is premiering in November?
The inhabitants of Funland are people arriving to partake and have a good time (that’s our guests), and the unfortunate souls who have been turned into donkeys and are put to work. Guests should keep an eye out for the latter running the game booths at the event!
It’s a dark and twisted, sticky sweet world. It’s not quite the Pinocchio everyone knows. Things are a little more dangerous and even more crude. The costumes are going to represent that, be very interactive and a really exciting part of the Gala and Funland party!
RAE: Kerry, you’ve been working on designs for the Pinocchio project for a few years now – will any of the designs be featured at the Gala? Are there any particular designs you’re looking forward to for the Pinocchio project that the Gala will help fund?
Both Blue, Pinocchio’s good fairy, and the MC of Funland – who takes the shape of a lascivious clown – will be at the Gala, as well as Pinocchio himself! The script paints a rich, detailed, and tragically beautiful world for Pinocchio and his fellow characters. Funds raised at the Gala will go a long way towards helping me bring that world to life through the costumes. Two characters I’m particularly excited about are Fox and Cat, who will be receiving a full re-design for the upcoming production!
RAE: Lori, what are you looking forward to working on with Pinocchio or what is exciting about the Pinocchio pieces that will appear at the Gala?
I’m really excited about collaborating with Kerry and getting to know more about the designer that i fell in love with on the Gogol Project. Rogue shows bring up so many unique problems and opportunities (things turning into other things for example) and I’m really looking forward to learning from her and gleaning from her experience. We have a lot of designs waiting in the wings. The funds raised at the Gala will help us fashion this amazing world of The RAE’s Pinocchio.