Tuesday, 9 July 2013

WWRY Costumes Part 1 - Radio Ga Ga

Dynamite with a laser beam. Guaranteed to blow your mind. We Will Rock You (WWRY) is the most amazing musical - I just love it. And if you haven't seen it, here's the plot in a nutshell.  

Set in the future, the mega corporation, Globalsoft, sends computer generated music to everyone on the planet and has banned singing, musical instruments, and any expression of creativity. But a group of rebels (the Bohemians) are looking for music from years gone by that is spoken about in the Lost Texts. The two heroes, Galileo and Scaramouche, discover musical instruments buried in rock, which they use to vanquish the head of the corporation (The Killer Queen), sending the Power Of Rock around the world to free the people, letting real music live again. 
Celebrating 25 years of teaching for Louise Ryan  
Celebrating 25 years of teaching, the Louise Ryan Vocal School 2013 Showcase included a number of the great solo and group numbers from WWRY.

I had such a great time with these costumes - it was quite liberating to leave the history books behind and go futuristic - lots of sexy, sharp, shiny, metallic fabrics - and that was just for the lads. OK, joking apart, these costumes were fun, fun, fun. 

Ga-Ga kids in white t-shirts and shorts
Ga Ga Kids (Photographs by Peter Cook)

Our WWRY showcase started with the Ga Ga kids. Dressed identically. Moving identically. Listening to Radio Ga Ga...

Set just as school breaks up for the summer - the Ga Ga kids are all "perfect" sporty looking clones. Dead easy to re-create, with logo tops, an assortment of shorts, skirts and leggings, and white trainers. 

Given the age of our chorus ranged from 7 to 18, I decided simple t-shirts would be more appropriate than my original idea of skimpy cropped tops. I varied the look with different sleeve lengths and necks, but allocated them out to the kids in a pattern to create a sense of order on the stage. The logo was easy to create - I set out the letters G A G A onto red and yellow squares and reverse printed them onto t-shirt transfer paper. Ironing them onto the t-shirts was a doddle - but I did have to hang them all up to cool and set - 36 in total - they took a while! 
We Will Rock You chorus in Radio Ga Ga costumes
Radio Ga Ga (Photographs by Peter Cook)

I picked up most of the shorts and skirts off eBay and ran them through the washing machine with GloWhite to brighten them up. It was really hard matching sizes to styles for each cast member so in the end I bought a few more than I needed in various styles and sizes and just let the kids loose to rummage through and choose their own. It worked, thank goodness. 

So a chorus of 36? Wow. 

Teen Queens (Photographs by Peter Cook)

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