By Pete Zamplas
Asheville – Costume Drama, Asheville Community Theatre’s creative fashion fundraiser, carries on in this Coronavirus-stricken year with an online version to be streamed Saturday, Aug. 8. The show starts 7:30 pm. Tickets are $25 each. The purchaser will receive a web link, by which to view the streaming.
Proceeds go to ACT, such as for educational classes, ongoing expenses and upcoming productions. This is the ninth annual Costume Drama. It is usually held in ACT, but is online due to the pandemic.
Outfits in this show are made of recyclable “up-cycled” materials, for what some call “trashion” fashion.
Fifteen local designers managed to “create jaw-dropping garments from unconventional materials” — such as watches, keyboards, tarps, cellophane, cardboard and office supplies, ACT Marketing Director Jenny Bunn noted.
“The creativity, artistry, and ingenuity we’ve seen is just outstanding,” Bunn said.
A winner will be selected as overall Best in Show, and for each of four categories. Normally, the type of material in costumes distinguishes categories.
This time categories instead focus on the design, and designers making the most of a “garment from the unconventional materials to which they have access,” Bunn said. Best Unexpected Material is a category. Best Concept or Story reflects “inspiration behind the piece, and how the piece conveys that story.” The two other categories are Best Creativity, and Best Composition (garment, accessories, styling).
The Best in Show designer will as usual receive a $500 prize, and the other three category winners get $250 each.
BClip Productions filmed the event, with one model and designer at a time for social distancing and sanitary precautions.
Meanwhile, the next ACT youth classes are each for youths ages 8-12. Registration is ongoing. Education Director Amanda Klinikowski leads Act Out Aesop’s Fables starting Tuesday, Aug. 4 at 4 pm. This is a brand new class. A Youth Theatre Dance class begins the next day, Wednesday, Aug. 5 and also at 4 pm.