It's the costume designer's sketch from a Stratford Festival 1957 production of Hamlet. I loved all the notations on fabric, design and accessories.
It was a great reminder of the summer my university age cousin held a summer job at the festival as Christopher Plummer's dresser. I was still in grade school and it was a memorable occasion when my aunt and uncle took me to Stratford, Ontario and my cousin gave me the full back stage tour. I fell in love with theatre that day and couldn't wait to see my first live play.
Last year, one of my granddaughters, that has had a hard time finding her place to shine, had the good fortune to attend that same theatre on a school trip. The play was Romeo and Juliet and my granddaughter became Juliet, heart and soul, over the next few weeks.
I scrambled to put together a Juliet costume for her last Christmas. I'm not really a sewer so it wasn't great, but she was very happy to parade around in it calling, "Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?", to any audience she could find.
In October, she got to put that practice to good use when she won a small part in a television show The Murdoch Mysteries.
She loved every minute of her day on the set. From wardrobe to filming, she was in heaven! ~
Even a ten hour day didn't tire her and she begged to stay longer to watch the other actors working when her part was done. ~
For now, the sketch will continue to hang on my dining room wall, but I have a feeling it will someday go to our budding thespian. ~
While she dreams of gracing the Stratford Festival stage, I'll be dreaming of the thrill of sitting in the audience for her performance. What a full circle that would be!
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