Meet the Team of Blithe Spirit – Kristen Welker, Costume Designer

66 back 5x7What is your role on this production? I’m the costume designer, so I take a look in our extensive Walterdale costume collection, and I style our existing costumes to fit each character and each situation. When I can’t pull something from our closet, I build it with lots of help from our dedicated Walterdale volunteer stitchers.

Why did you come out for Blithe Spirit? Curtis Knecht, the director, met me at a Halloween party. I was wearing a costume that I had made myself, so he knew I could sew a costume or two. When this project came up he asked if I wanted to be the costume designer and I thought it sounded like a blast!

What is your background in Theatre? I’m a Walterdale newbie, and this is my first costume design gig. Most of my experience focuses on recreating other people’s designs; making super hero costumes from comics and movies with my little company BadaBoom! Costumes.

What do you most connect to about the play? The play is set in the early 1940s, so it’s really fun for me to do the vintage clothing research. It’s a new challenge to determine the trends of the time and use those to inform the costumes and styling instead of recreating exact looks.

What do you enjoy most about doing a Noel Coward play?  Madame Arcati is a fantastic character and was a blast to style. She’s a woman divorced from time and she’s a bit of a loon, so I pulled her looks from our medieval, Roman, and Indian collections.

What are you enjoying the most about this production? Meeting everyone has been fantastic, there are so many talented Walterdale members. I’m really looking forward to seeing everything come together. I know everyone has been hard at work for months and there’s going to be huge payoff opening night!

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One Response to “Meet the Team of Blithe Spirit – Kristen Welker, Costume Designer”

  1. Kristen has become ‘one-of-us’ quickly. She has embraced her job as costumer for this production with an open mind, a sense of humor and a great work ethic. The audience will enjoy the picture she has helped to create.
    Well done!

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