The Beast (Robert O. Berdhal) wrestles with his mortality and anguish. Photo by Heidi Bohnenkamp (2016).
Chanhassen Dinner Theatres’ new production of Beauty and the Beast is pulling younger and older audiences out to the West Metro area. Among other things, the production features new costumes by Costumer Rich Hamson and Assistant Costumer Susan Fick, the heads of a large, 20-person team that built and maintains the costumes and garbs the actors:
- Costume Crasftperson/painter: Nanci Aeilts
- Assistant Crafts: Michael Gruber, Ryan Schmidt
- Wardrobe: Dena Rice, Jillian Christenson
- Drapers: Lynn Farrington, Susan Fick, Rich Hamson (double duty), Jeanne Jordan, Carol Lane, Milly Oudhoff, Howard Pankonin, Barbara Portinga, Annie Rupprecht
- First Hands: Teresa Davich, Kristen Deboom, Jody Rosquist, Florence Treuer
- Wig Maintenance: Susan Magnuson (also the Hair and Makeup Designer)
Here’re some examples of what all that work looks like when combined with Sue Ellen Berger’s lighting design and Nayna Ramey’s scenic design:
All photos by Heidi Bohnenkamp (2016).
- Read the Star Tribune’s feature on CDT’s new costume designs for Beauty and the Beast.
- Read Basil Considine’s review of Beauty and the Beast.
- Read Basil Considine’s recommended menu selections for Beauty and the Beast.
Beauty and the Beast is playing now at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres and runs through September 24, 2016.