Sister act sewn up in Mary Poppins show
THE SEQUIN Sisters are the unsung heroes of Rockhampton's theatre world.
Head Sequin Sister, Sue Earle and her fellow costume makers were dubbed "sequin sisters" due to accidently leaving a sequined costume in the dryer too long, melting the sequins into the dryer which they spent days trying to remove.
Sue and a group of 10 ladies have spent hours of time volunteering to put together costumes for the Rockhampton Regional Council production of Mary Poppins.
Sue Earle who has been dressing local actors for six years said Mary Poppins was one of the largest shows, costume wise, that she has worked on.
"We've had to make a lot of costumes. "We also source a lot of base dresses, skirts or blouses from op shops and then we add to them."
Sue said working on the show had been lots of fun thanks to choreographer Katie Kermond and director Wayne Scott Kermond's vision for the costume designs.
"So we do some retro fitting and some recycling but we have to be really careful to keep it to that Victorian, Edwardian era and I think we've done that."
"I've got a fabulous team, 10 of them, and they're fabulous and we have multitudes of talents and different things that we're good at so it's great that I can bring all of that together."
Katie said what was wonderful about Sue and the sequin sisters was they design costumes for each individual character just like a broadway production.
"Sometimes in a community musical they can just go 'oh everyone will wear the same outfit but that's certainly never the case."
"We've actually worked in a professional situation where wardrobe designers and wardrobe departments haven't been as efficient or as good."
Katie said it was great to have the women on board as they were always the first ones to arrive to a show and the last to leave.
"They give incredibly, they are beautiful, caring women."