Yup. It's that time again. Time to design and make costumes for the annual Russian school play in January. I took the last year off, but this year I'm back for another round...
This years story is The Tale of Tzar Saltan, of His Son the Renowned and Mighty Bogatyr Prince Gvidon Saltanovich, and of the Beautiful Princess-Swan
. What do you say that we'll call it Tzar Saltan for short? If you click on that link you'll read the wikipedia entry about the poem by Alexander Pushkin. The whole poem is here
, translated to English of course. And the famed composer Nikolai Rimski-Korsakov wrote the opera for the tale, here's the most famous bit of music
from it. Of course if you'd like to see the cartoon version, that's here
As one can see the tale is pretty famous, been done very famous people. We, the Russian school volunteers humbly accept the challenge....
Here are the sketches that I drew of the costumes. They are really more of an idea, an inspiration for the kids to see while they are rehearsing. The actual costumes will depend greatly on the fabrics and clothing available to us and may not closely resemble the sketches. But I'll try...
|The Swan Princess and Prince Gvidon|
|The kite bird and Chernomor the leader of the sea bogatyrs|
|The three trouble makers|
|Prince Gvidon as a bumblebee and the magical squirrel|
|Tzar Saltan and his Queen|
Wish us luck! The sewing marathon is about to begin!