Artists reveal ‘how they do that?'

| 29 Sep 2011 | 08:40

    New museum talk series tells all CUDDEBACKVILLE - Have you ever wondered how those imaginative costumes on the Broadway stage are designed? It’s one of many artisans’ secrets that will revealed in a new series of talks upcoming at the Neversink Valley Area Museum. Each month from May through October the Museum will present experts in their crafts to speak to the community about how they do what they do. First in the series, on Sunday, May 28 at 4:30 p.m, will be Tony Award winning Costume Designer Ann Hould-Ward speaking on “The Art of Broadway Costume Design.” Among Ms. Hould-Ward’s most notable Broadway designs are “Beauty and the Beast”, “Into the Woods,” “Sunday in the Park with George,” “Dance of the Vampires,” “St. Joan” and “The Merry Wives of Windsor.” She has designed over 20 productions Off-Broadway, including “Antony and Cleopatra” with Vanessa Redgrave at the Public Theatre, over 50 regional productions across the country, two seasons of Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus and dance projects with Barishnikov’s White Oak Project, Lar Lubovitch, Alvin AIley Dance Company, David Parsons Project, American Ballet Theatre and Ballet Hispanico. Ms. Hould-Ward won the 1994 Tony Award and a nomination for London’s Olivier Award for Best Costume Design for “Beauty and the Beast,” the inaugural Patricia Zipprodt Award for Innovative Costume Design by the Fashion Institute of Technology, Tony and Drama Desk nominations for Sunday in the Park with George and Harrigan and Hart and an Outer Critics Circle nomination and LA Critics Circle Award for “Into the Woods.” Ann Hould-Ward will speak about how she turns a description in a script to a costume worn by an actor on stage. She will be accompanied by local resident, hair designer David Lawrence, who often collaborates on shows with her. Anyone who has any interest in the craft of the theatre will not want to miss this event. Admission to the lecture is free. A donation to help the Neversink Valley Area Museum continue to fulfill its mission is requested. “The Art of Broadway Costume Design” will be held at the D and H Canal Park Visitor’s Center, 58 Hoag Road, (just off Route 209) Cuddebackville , NY. Other topics in this series will include: The Art of, Model Railroad Building , Fly Fishing, Quilting, Glass Making and Barbershop Harmonies. The Neversink Valley Area Museum is open Thursday through Sunday from noon until 4pm April 1 through October 29 and by appointment. For more information about the museum, its mission to preserve local history or any events, call 845-754-8870 or check the website: The museum is at 26 Hoag Road , in Cuddebackville.