So, five weeks of doing laundry for The Lion King has come to an end. This was by far the best and hardest job of my costume/wardrobe career. Six days a week, eight hours a
day, collecting, sorting, hand- and machine-washing all the underpinnings, and many of the actual costumes, for the entire cast. This was my first union gig and I hope there will be many more. Gregory, Anthony and Gretchen, the wardrobe people who travel with the show were great to work with, thank you! The actors, the ones I got to know anyway, were great and the show was amazing! I didn't see the whole thing, but the parts I did were stunning. I was so taken aback by the costumes and the sets, just beautiful!
This show was the first to book into the Opera House when it reopened in 2002 after extensive renovation. The show was there for almost 8 months, so this was a kind of homecoming for them. Some of these people have been touring with this show for as many as 10 years!
The Opera House is great, but the best part of working on this show was the local wardrobe team. I got to know a lot of really nice people who've been doing this for a long time and I learned a lot! The wardrobe team is the best! Local 775, thank you for the opportunity to work on this show. I look forward to working with you again!
On Sunday, before the last show we were each presented with a diploma from Lion King University (LKU), a VIP ball cap and an LKU t-shirt. It felt like the last night of summer camp and those of you who know me well will not be surprised to hear that I cried. There were lots of hugs and promises to keep in touch, thank you Facebook!