The journey to becoming a costume designer began 16 years ago when Pitt Meadows resident Shelley Boe started dressing her children for their school play.
She has been involved with Theater In The Country for nearly nine years now.
From costume design and stocking costume rooms to navigating the aisles of thrift stores, Theater In The Country’s Chief Costume Designer has done it all.
Showcasing his latest work for a cast of 23 actors featuring multiple roles in the theater company’s new musical, Boe is back in action after two long COVID years.
“I love the costumes…it’s fun. It makes me feel like I’m part of the show even though I’m not on stage. It’s nice,” she said.
Boe shared that the new piece, catch me if you Box, has a lot of costumes as some actors play six to seven roles each. Celebrating its 10th season with the jazz- and dance-filled musical, Theater In The Country will present the story of Frank Abegnale Jr., a famous writer and convicted felon. Based on a true story from the late 1970s, there’s even a film about Abegnale’s life.
Leonardo Di Caprio starred as Abagnale with Tom Hanks as his FBI nemesis Karl Hannratty in the 2002 film of the same name. Abegnale tricked people into thinking he was a pilot, doctor, and priest before he was 21. He also stole over a million dollars by passing bad checks.
Langley’s Nik Trotzuk will play the lead role of Abegnale, and sing and dance through the story of the con artist’s life. Boe said one of the most exciting things about his job was working with actors and understanding them.
“There are always new players. It was really fun getting to know them. Everyone has their own personality. It’s fun to connect with them. I feel like to me, it’s family,” Boe said.
Speaking about the importance of costume design in professional theater, Boe said costumes help audiences connect with the actors and the story.
In musicals like catch me if you BoxBoe shared that there’s an added responsibility to make sure the costumes work with the dance moves.
catch me if you Boxa musical the team first performed at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theater in 2009, will then run for three weeks, June 2 through June 19, at Theater In The Country, located at 5708 Glover Rd. more information, people can visit, www.theatreinthecountry.com.
Theater in the Country originated in Maple Ridge. It operated in Whonnock for many years before moving to Langley.
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