Much Ado About Nothing

Being a part of this production was very exciting. I worked under head costume designer, Rachel Healy, assisting her in the creation of masks, the painting and maintenance of all shoes, and on providing both costume and makeup notes for the production. As a member of the costume shop, I was also able to work altering or partially building pieces for the show. 

Research Phase

Research of leather italian comedia masks to be built for dance scene. 

comedia mask capitano
comedia mask capitano

Preliminary research of masks for Capitano Character. Though a mask like this was something we wanted to pursue, it was not completed for the production.

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Comedia Mask
Comedia Mask

I also looked into different eye-hole sizes in pursuit of something that would complement the masks that the production already had in stock.

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Doctor Mask
Doctor Mask

More research into different characters. Though many were not used, the pictures were very helpful in pinning down the style of the exaggerated features.

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comedia mask capitano
comedia mask capitano

Preliminary research of masks for Capitano Character. Though a mask like this was something we wanted to pursue, it was not completed for the production.

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Process

This is the process of mask-making, shoe painting, and show notes from rehearsals of both costume and makeup.

Making the Mold
Making the Mold

To begin, I was assigned the task of creating a clay face to build the mask off of and to provide a reference for a wooden mold that was to be carved later on. The original plan was to pull all masks in leather.

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Making the Mold
Making the Mold

Two molds were developed, the first resembled the female mask included in the research, the second was this 'Capitano' mask. Time constraints prevented us from creating both masks and from moving forward with the woodcarving process.

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Wood Carving Skills
Wood Carving Skills

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Making the Mold
Making the Mold

To begin, I was assigned the task of creating a clay face to build the mask off of and to provide a reference for a wooden mold that was to be carved later on. The original plan was to pull all masks in leather.

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Final Product

Some production images of masks, and  costumes from the production. 

Masks
Masks

Picture by: Joe Maza

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Hair and Costumes
Hair and Costumes

I was tasked to help teach the actors to do their hair on their own. Here the girls show off some hairstyles. I also worked in the shop altering, and steaming pieces. Picture by Joe Maza

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Masks
Masks

Picture by: Joe Maza

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Production Credits

 Much Ado About Nothing by Willian Shakespeare

Performed at Loyola University Chicago 

Director: Sarah Gabel, Ph.D

Scenic Designer: Timothy Mann

Lighting Designer: Lee Keenan

Costume Designer:Rachel Healy

Costume Shop Manager: Austin Pettinger

Photographer: Joe Maza