Frolick has been up to amazing things in preparation of opening day at Toronto Island. Here is a sneak preview pic from backstage, featuring some of the mesmerizing puppets and masques we will be using. Artwork by Rebekah Reuser, Amira Emma Routledge, Matthew Krist, Elena Goriacheva, Irena Huljak, Mihaela Grigore, Joe Law, Dejan Radic, Julia Chemij, Rob Lindley, Mark Segal, and others. Please feel free to drop by the theatre and get your painting fix, call and email us before to set up your ferry passes. Winsor McCay's beautiful work is inspiring and delightful to lose yourself in for a while. The shady Lagoon theatre is proving to be both functional and homey. Great music, great vibes, lots of painting and paper mache to do still. We will be performing in the Clam Puppet Slam at The Gibraltar Artscape/Whippersnapper Gallery event, New Traditions Island Music and Art Festival, this Saturday, June 30th. Opening day, July 1 at 11:00am. Happy Canada Day everyone! We then start Wed-Sun runs of four shows a day, 11, 12, 1 and 2 o'clock until August 26th. Stilt and Puppet Shows, and comedy for the whole family to enjoy. Come Frolick with us. Get your tickets now. Book with us and we can host a BBQ for your group, $30 per head for BBQ and show(s).
“This year’s Frolick production is definitely more ambitious, mature, and finer-crafted as a result of last year’s freshman presentation: A Midsummer Nights (Psychedelic) Dream,” comments Bevy Law, Frolick’s costume designer, who worked alongside Rebekah (production designer) and Matthew Krist (director) last year. “I am excited to work again with Frolick and the additional flare and direction that is Amira Routledge!”
Bevy is a local designer, native to the city of Toronto, in various trades and multi-dimensional facets (visit ohmybevy.com for further details). With a solid background in dancewear and custom tailored costumes, Bevy is ecstatic to take her love, passion, and skills for costumes deeper into the fantastical realm of circus performing clown-like Slumberland caricatures. Using her studies with colour theory and semiotics again, Bevy will be exploring the use of primary colours with patterns to fabricate hypnotic slumber-inspired visual effects. Bevy is excited about maintaining continuity with the original imagery, working with Winsor McCay’s inspiring comic illustrations directly influencing silhouettes, colour palettes, and print fabric choices. Bevy is conscious of balancing the function and aesthetic of the costumes in regards to meeting the needs of the performing actors (movement oriented, puppets, stilting), climate and seasonal weather conditions (extreme heat, island winds), and mimicking original comic artwork (exaggerated silhouettes, fictitious prints and patterns), on top of a lower scale production budget to conjure the ingredients for such a manifestation. Luckily, Bevy loves working with a playful challenge and is proud to be a part of magic that Frolick presents.
In the meantime before showtime, check out some of Bevy’s pre-production costume illustrations. “I hope the audience enjoys the visual experience like the sprinkles on a delicious sundae of interactive performance” at Toronto Island’s secluded spot, the Lagoon Theatre.
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