Monday, May 6, 2019
Babka on a shoestring
Babka Without Borders had its world premiere this last weekend with TheatreWorks, a homeschool group in Bloomington, IN, and I was thrilled to hear from Dianna, the nimble-fingered mom who'd made all the costumes.
Dianna got me in touch with Tara, the photographer, and Tara sent me an invite to the group's Shutterfly account, where she'd archived a whopping 275 stills from the show.
I wish I could share them all, especially since they show just how creative you can be on a shoestring budget. these penny-pinching moms and dads were.
Dianna told me that their stage was very small, so they only got rid of two tables on each side of the border that runs through the middle of the set. (The set diagram in the script shows four table on each side, but that is only a suggestion.)
Costumes were also a challenge, especially for a play set in 1910 Europe like this one is. But Dianna was able to get everything she needed at the local Goodwill, and she added embellishments as needed to make them period-correct.
It's resourceful volunteers like these that make youth theater such a positive experience for actors, stage crew and audiences alike.
As they say in Primwick and Bunkelburg, vielen dank!