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It all began with Dorothy.  

 

"Over the Rainbow." Cue Tears.

Maureen Krebs

Just looking at the lyrics of Over the Rainbow makes me well up and feel all mushy.  When I was a kid, I felt lucky to see The Wizard of Oz on TV once a year, on Easter.  It was such a strange and fantastical movie.  The monkeys and witch were terrifying, but Dorothy and her friends made me stick with it.  Personally, I was most fascinated with Glinda, who could float into the most tragic situation and be Dorothy's guide to escape the darkness and evil, and of course, find her way back home.  

The song is made for every dreamer, and everyone else who pretends not to be a dreamer.  The lyrics are so full of longing and escape from the harsh reality of any situation we're in.  Longing for greatness, just around the corner. Hope for all that is good, to win.  It brings us together when we hear it, as we relate to the pain and suffering that the lyrics imply.  Still, we hope. We hope for peace and love to prevail.  We hope for the world to change with our optimism.  We hope for the world to make sense to us and be the way we imagine it is meant to be.  

This is how the song unites us.  The dreamer in me makes my heart ache, but also makes me move forward in difficult situations.  Anything is possible.  If you dream it and believe it, it will happen.  Insert your favorite optimistic quote here.

The thread of this song continued in my life from the time that I was a preschooler, glued to the TV screen. I always loved the old musicals and would dress up and act out the scenes of the leading ladies. Skip ahead a few years, and I remember practicing this song in my 20s, when I was briefly exploring a career as a singer.  And later, watching my beautiful little preschooler act out the whole movie, The Wizard of Oz, while watching it on VHS, over, and over, and over. She was infatuated with Dorothy and Scarecrow, and has Scarecrow, Witch and Dorothy costumes that I made for her at that age.  Jump ahead to her middle school years, where she played Dorothy (in mom-made costume,) and on to high school, where she once again, played Dorothy her senior year.  That same year, that high school production was my first venture as costume designer, and as a volunteer, for the entire production, of The Wizard of Oz.  I won North Shore Music Theatre's Spotlight Award for Best Costume Designer. This was life-changing.  Two years after that, I left my career as an educator of children to open The Costume Room. 

Each time I prepare the Wizard of Oz costumes for another group, all of these memories come back to me.  I then imagine the excitement and anticipation of the actors as they are waiting to see their costumes, and put them on for the first time.  I imagine the legacy of each costume that is now woven into its existence as it gains more experience with each new actor.  And the songs play on repeat in my head the whole time.  This is my over the rainbow.  This is my joy. It is just one part of my job that I am in love with. And it all began with the song, Over the Rainbow.  Cue tears.

New Beginnings Fall 2016

Maureen Krebs

As summer winds down, we are getting ready for our first fall season of sewing classes at The Costume Room, and we're so excited to begin!  After our first semester, we have made a few schedule changes to accommodate kids' busy school year activities.  We will be holding mixed age group sessions on Monday through Thursday after school, and we have added Saturday mornings.  Having worked as a classroom teacher for 15 years, with kids from Pre-K through teen years, I find it a pleasure to work with kids of any age.  Read more, and sign up here.

Working on Shrek, Jr. this summer in Burlington was so much fun!  The kids in the show were in grades 4-8, and most of them follow up with the high school drama department as they get older.  I love working with the same kids and seeing how much they grow in personality and talent from year to year.  And, as their costume designer, I of course see how much they've grown in size!  You can see some pictures from that show in our gallery, here.

Fall has always been my favorite season... the beauty, the crisper air, the excitement of my favorite holidays!  I have always loved school, as a student, a teacher, and now as sewing instructor.  It's a time for new beginnings, fresh starts, meeting new friends and making new projects.  Fun, fun, fun!!!  

Enjoy the last days of summer, and those long days of sunlight!

 Fifth grade student wearing her beautiful spring class creation!

Fifth grade student wearing her beautiful spring class creation!

 Shrek and the Fairy Tale Characters

Shrek and the Fairy Tale Characters