All productions would be very boring to watch without the cast wearing some sort of costume and Potters Bar Theatre Company are lucky to have a large source of costumes at 'The Costume Store'.
When PBTC decide on a show, the director decides how they want the production to look. This can be dictated by the era the production is set in. For example, Oliver needs to be dressed in Dickensian costumes, Pride and Prejudice in Regency style costumes and the The Boyfriend in 1920's. However certain productions, in particular plays can be dressed in different eras, depending on the directors choice. G&S musicals and Shakespeare plays are prime examples of shows that can be modernised and dressed in a variety of ways.
Once a production has been cast, the cast members need to be measured and the costumes sourced. Sometimes things need to be hired from other hire companies and sometimes new costumes are made when they can't be found in 'The Costume Store'. For anybody not interested in performing on stage, who is creative, costumes can be a fun way to get involved and be part of the production process.
For the last 16 years, Jenny and Suzanne have built up 'The Costume Store' and now not only dress PBTC shows but hire out to other schools, theatre companies and individuals too for fancy dress parties. For more information, take a look at the websites.