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This comprehensive drama unit takes students through what it would be like to be a costumer for a theatre production. This unit contains videos with comprehension questions learning about what it is like to be a current costumer designer for main Broadway productions. Supplemental videos show quick costume changes, behind the scenes in costume shops, and discussions with stitchers and designers.
The second stage of the unit, students are taught what it means to "read with a pencil" in their hand brainstorming what a character would wear on stage. Students then are given a list of characters, time periods, fashion genres, and more to choose a character he/she would like to design a costume for. Handy templates are given to help those artistically challenged students draw a dress form. For those more skilled, students can free-hand their character. If supplies are available, students could take a card stock of the dress form and using fabric actually create a full "paper doll" rendering of the costume. This unit would also easily be adapted to add lessons on types of fabric and which are best suited for the stage.
The project is finalized with a written reflection on who that character is for the stage, and what the student learned, would do differently, the challenges and triumphs the student encountered.