A Midsummer Pictorial: From Trash to Treasure

August 15th, opening night of our 2013 Shakespeare in the Park production A Midsummer Night’s Dream, is fast approaching and we’re busy rehearsing, building sets and crafting costumes. And perhaps more so than any other year, our costumes are garbage. Really.

Midsummer has long been a favorite of audiences — and for good reason, visually stunning, highly amusing and able to keep even the most discerning audience member engrossed. To compliment Midsummer’s world of fairies and magic, Costume Designer June Kingsbury, who has been designing costumes for us for years (Macbeth, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Richard III, Taming of the Shrew, Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) 2009 & 2013, The Tempest, Love’s Labors Lost, Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, Much Ado About Nothing), has repurposed materials that would normally be discarded, as we would like to believe fairies do. And since our fairies are Nashville fairies, we’ve utilized everything from Target and Kroger shopping bags to Starbucks cups to Gatorade bottle caps. We’re really excited about our eco-chic costumes and wanted to share some of them with you!

All photos courtesy of June Kingsbury. For more information on June and her costumes visit www.junebugnashville.com

Starbucks Skirt

Skirt: 2 dog cone collars, 39 Starbucks cups; Knitted Top: Target bags and yellow newspaper bags

Gatorade Vest

Vest: Yellow string, Stax chip lids, Gatorade caps, milk caps, peanut butter lids, Naked Juice lids and water bottle caps

Fairy WIngs

Fairy Wings: Wire coat hangers and old tights

Target Skirt

Skirt: Target shopping bags

Newspaper Bag

Vest: Yellow ARC donation bags, orange and yellow newspaper bags

Hat: Carry Out food tub and lid, hairband, Hellman's Mayonnaise lid, scraps of ribbon, lace, fabric and wire

Hat: Carry Out food tub and lid, hairband, Hellman’s Mayonnaise lid, scraps of ribbon, lace, fabric and wire

A Midsummer Night’s Dream will run through September 15th at Centennial Park in Nashville. More info here.

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One Response to A Midsummer Pictorial: From Trash to Treasure

  1. Apolonia says:

    We can all learn a lot from June. She’s creatively inspiring! I’m blown away by all her designs. Let’s do a “Midsummer” fashion show!

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