Thursday, October 2, 2014

Steampunk Night at First Stage!

Get ready for Steampunk Night at First Stage!

At the 7:00 p.m. performance of SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE BAKER STREET IRREGULARS on Saturday, October 18, families are encouraged to come dressed in their favorite Steampunk attire to get in the spirit of the play’s Victorian London setting. Those in costume may have their photo taken in the lobby upon arrival. Attending our Steampunk Night in costume adds another layer of fun for the whole family!

What is Steampunk?
The Baker Street Irregulars from the Holmes Cast in costume. Pictured:
Max Pink, Matthias Wong, Eloise Field, Elizabeth Robbins and Max
Zupke. Costumes by Lyndsey Kuhlmann. Photo by Lindsey Abendschein.
Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction that typically features steam-powered machinery, especially in a setting inspired by industrialized Western civilization during the 19th century. Steampunk works are often set in an alternative history of the 19th century's British Victorian Era or American “Wild West,” in a post-apocalyptic future during which steam power has regained mainstream use, or in a fantasy world that similarly employs steam power. Our very own SHERLOCK HOLMES THE BAKER STREET IRREGULARS is a 19th century story based in London during the British Victorian era.

What should I wear to Steampunk Night?
Here are some tips for coming up with a perfect Steampunk outfit:
·         Think of a persona to fit the kind of look you want.
·         Search your closet for any accessories that will work for you.
·         Go thrift shopping!

For women, a blouse, skirt, shoes, and lots of accessories is the basic way to complete your Steampunk look. Ankle-length and almost ankle-length skirts are the historically correct choice but skirts can also reach the mid-calf or knee. Basic accessories that would also work well include belts, hats, coats/jackets, and antique jewelry.

For men, a shirt with pants and shoes would work fine. Shirts usually have buttons that run either fully or half fully down the front, and sport a variety of collars. Men should stay away from jeans, tennis shoes, and sandals. Basic accessories that would look great for men include suspenders, vests, coats/jackets, and hats. If you’re looking to go all out, you might even consider a traditional kilt instead of pants.

Additional resources are available online to help you plan your costume for Steampunk Night at First Stage:
·        For purchasing Steampunk clothes and accessories, visit  http://www.gentlemansemporium.com/gentlemans.php
·        For suggestions on finding Steampunk costume pieces both in thrift stores, online, or in your own closet, visit http://steampunk.cnbeyer.com/index.shtml 
·      Our friends at BuyCostumes.com also have some fun Steampunk pieces available for purchase. Select accessories will even be available for sale in our lobby during performances.

Steampunk Night at First Stage is during the performance of SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE BAKER STREET IRREGULARS on Saturday, October 18 at 7:00 p.m. at the Marcus Center’s Todd Wehr Theater.  Performances of this play run October 17 through November 15.  Tickets start at just $14.50. Visit the First Stage website for tickets or more information.

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