Costuming for “All in the Timing”

All in the Timing is a unique play composed of six smaller plays and only utilizes six actors, which can make costuming a challenge. Between the quick scene changes and the limited space, the base costume pieces needed to be more plain and rely heavily on accessory pieces for functionality. The actors stay on the stage the whole time which only increases the need for the changes to be subtle enough to change quickly, but impactful enough to be recognizable to the audience as definite characters.

“The idea behind the costumes was to make it look as if these characters could be seen walking around campus (except for the historical scene) with some exaggerated looks,” said Carina Ramirez, student costume designer.  Keeping the costumes simple was essential for this project. Because of the simplicity of the costumes and the smaller scale they didn’t take as long to create as they would have for a main stage performance. This does not mean that the costumes were created without difficulties.

A black mens wig with a climbing axe
Trotsky’s wig from the “Variations on the Death of Trotsky”

All together there are 18 distinctive characters. Ramirez stated that the hardest piece to make was the wig for one of the characters in Variations on the Death of Trotsky. Every performance has at least one piece that poses dilemma, but overcoming those is done with persistence. In the end it comes down to staying organized and communicating clearly with everyone in the costume team. Being a newer worker of the costume shop, Ramirez said, “Doing this has helped me become even more involved in a show than I ever was. Before I would only build the set or paint it; now I get to work with the actors and become deeply attached to every character I have designed.”

It takes everyone to make a performance run, even if it is on a smaller scale. The costume shop, the scene shop, the light and sound designers put the gears in motion behind the scenes. The actors are working hard on the pulling the show together and making sure the audience will be in pain from laughter by the end of the performance. The most important part of any show is the audience. Thank you for coming and supporting your fellow students as they chase their dreams on the stage and behind the scenes.

A pink tutu, striped sweater, and a set of monkey ears
One of the full costumes from “Words Words Words”

If you would like to see the show you can get your tickets at the box office. All in the Timing is showing Feb. 9 to 11 at 7:30p.m. with a matinee on Feb. 11 at 2 p.m. in Rice Auditorium. General admission is $14, senior admission is $10 dollars and student admission is $8 with student ID.

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