A Christmas Story is currently in performances at the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble. Here’s a backstage look with an interview with BTE’s Costume Designer, Jennifer Lippert.
Interviewer: What were your inspirations for the costumes?
JL: My inspiration for the costumes of A Christmas Story was the feeling of nostalgia remembering Christmas’ past. When designing I was drawn to using warm tones of color and textures of sweaters and wool that would evoke the feeling of comfort and warmth as adult Ralph fondly remembers one particular childhood Christmas.
Interviewer: Did you feel pressure with the iconic materials- how did you navigate it?
JL: There was a certain pressure to create certain looks from the movie, however this show being part of BTE’s repertoire we had some of the iconic looks already in stock. From there it was just a matter of making sure they fit our current cast of performers.
Interviewer: What is your favorite costume in the show and why?
JL: My favorite costume from the show is a tough question. I like all of them for different reasons, but I guess if I had to pick one it would have to be Miss Shield’s dress since I patterned and made it completely from scratch.
Interviewer: What is the number one thing you want our patrons to know about designing this show?
JL: This was my first design and full show that I’ve gotten to be a part of here at BTE! It was a lot of work designing and creating costumes for this show and its 2 casts of kids, but in the end, it was a great experience.
Come check out the wonderful costume designs of A Christmas Story!
Running until December 28! Get your tickets before they are gone!
A holiday favorite for the whole family! Young Ralphie’s Christmas quest for a coveted Red Ryder BB gun turns into a lesson about what can happen when you finally get what you ask for! Hilarious and heartwarming – your favorite moments from the beloved film are captured on stage to share with a new generation.For more information, visit www.bte.org or call 570-784-8181.