If you go
What: "Cirque Dreams Holidaze"
When: 7 p.m. Sunday
Where: Clay Center
Cost: $37 to $67
Info: www.theclaycenter.org or 304-561-3570
Lenora Taylor has designed costumes for well-know productions such as "Sound of Music," "Fiddler on the Roof" and "Evita."
After creating costumes from drapes ("Sound of Music") and working with a palate of brown and white ("Fiddler on the Roof"), Taylor is having a blast with her current gig.
Cirque Dreams shows are all about glamour and shine and color, and Taylor has gotten to dip deeply into her bag of tricks.
For the "Cirque Dreams Holidaze" show that makes a stop at the Clay Center Sunday as part of the Broadway series, Taylor and her team used 1,000 Swarovski crystals to make the Ice Queen's skirt twinkle in the stage lights. That part took four to six weeks alone.
The show includes lots of acrobatics, too. Think flipping gingerbread men, flying reindeer and toy soldiers walking on wires. That brings its own costume challenges.
"We incorporate into the designs the person's needs," Taylor said. Perhaps a wrist needs to be exposed so that a flying performer can catch another securely. Or a costume needs a place to attach a wire.
"Not everything is made of Spandex. That would probably make my life easier if it were.
"The wonderful thing is we get to design it all in house. I don't have to work with outside designers. I oversee the production and I see how they're going together. We discuss the do's and the don't of each costume."
The process to costume a show takes months, starting with a trip to New York with director Neil Goldberg.