Costumes for Its A Wonderful Life

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					                                                        September 15th, 2008

I have tried to keep everything simple and changing minimal as the children
don’t have much time to change between scenes. There are some choices on
their costumes, just in case they already have some of these pieces at home,
or they really have their mind set on wearing something in particular, as long
as it works with the 40’s theme. If needed, I can make the bow-ties, any
aprons, hair bows, adjustments, or the temporary logos. I would like to
tackle making some of the girl’s 40’s style hats (also someone at the meeting
mentioned they may have some hats.) The 40’s is a classic era, even fashion
today have elements from it, e.g. I think Target have vests and shoes, etc.
with that look. Macy’s, etc… may have the dresses. Some fashion has not
changed much since the 40’s, especially for men’s suits. If the boys have
their own suit or one they can borrow, that will work. For girls, even a plain
pencil skirt and a cardigan will work. It’s the accessories that can change a
look. For the boys, the Indiana Jones style hat, the shorter length ties,
waistcoats, v-neck sweaters (short/long sleeved with/without patterns) bow-
ties, cuffed pants, round glasses, etc… For the girls, hairstyle plays a big
part, either worn up for the older characters (Mrs.) in a low bun with a hair
net. The younger characters (Miss) can wear hair high above the forehead in
a puff or in rolls the rest either down or up in a low bun. The accessories can
be (these are optional); purses, hats, hair bows, gloves (regular pair either
fabric or leather), strand/s of faux pearls/ beads, etc…
Please have your child’s costume ready by October 31st, (that gives six
weeks from today) to be brought in on the rehearsal days; Wednesday
November 5th and/ or Thursday November 6th. If you have any questions
don’t hesitate to contact me.

Sweetlana Youkhana
650.348.8541
sweetlana@rcn.com
                          Costumes for It’s A Wonderful Life
ACT 1
Scene 1
Clarence:
    White/ light-colored/ striped long sleeved shirt.
    Single- breasted suit or separate jacket and pants or substitute a waistcoat or a v-
       neck sweater for a jacket.
    Polka-dotted bow-tie.
    40’s style hat.

George:
    White/ light- colored long sleeved shirt (sleeves can be unevenly rolled up).
    Single- breasted suit or separate jacket and pants (preferably not in black and with
      a tweed/ wool look. The jacket is not worn in this scene but in scene two it is.)
    Neck- tie (diagonal stripes or other) loosened slightly.
    Scarf.

Scene 2
Gower:
    Light colored long- sleeved shirt (can be striped) worn messily.
    Dark- colored pants (jacket not worn in this scene but scene three).
    Dark- colored waistcoat.

Young George:
    White/ cream colored long- sleeved shirt unbuttoned slightly and worn over a
      white t-shirt or vest.
    Black/ dark colored baseball pants( worn just below knee).
    Black/ dark colored baseball socks (worn high to knee).
    Baseball shoes.
    Baseball cap (no logo).
    Apron (Director’s choice).
    Magazine in back pocket optional.
    Red- stained handkerchief ( Director’s choice)

Clarence:
    Same as previous scene.

George:
    Same as previous scene.

Scene 3
   Gower:
    Quick change from previous scene.
    Remove waistcoat.
    Wear suit jacket (or leave waistcoat under jacket) and a short tie.
George:
    Quick change from previous scene.
    Remove scarf.
    Straighten tie.
    Wear suit jacket.

Ma Bailey:
    Flower- printed dress with long sleeves, frilly lace cuffs and collar or pencil skirt
      and 40’s shirt.
    Apron.
    Hair up in a low bun (with hair net).
    Optional strand of faux pearls.

Harry:
    Black tuxedo.
    Black bow-tie.
    White tux shirt.
    Buttonhole.

Aunt Tilly:
    Choice of 40’s style dress, suit or pencil skirt and cardigan/ 40’s shirt.
    Preferably hair up in a low bun (with hair net).
    Optional strand of faux pearls.
    Purse.

Uncle Billy:
    White / light-colored long- sleeved shirt.
    Pants (preferably cuffed).
    Waistcoat/ v- neck vest/ long sleeved v- neck.
    Bow-tie
    Round glasses if possible.

Violet:
    40’s style dress.
    Hair- bow.

Bert:
       Blue/ grey long sleeved shirt with patrolman’s badge attached.
       Blue/ black pants.
       Short black tie.
       Patrolman’s hat.
Ernie:
        Beige/ khaki short- sleeved shirt/ long sleeved rolled up evenly.
        Khaki pants.
        Mail carrier’s hat.
        Bow- tie

Clarence:
    No change



Scene 4
George:
    Complete change from previous scene.
    Polo/ turtleneck sweater (any color, number 3, stripes on front and back temp.
       attached.
    A pair of baseball pants( dark color) worn ¾ length
    Ankle socks

Mary:
   Can be already wearing Scene 7 costume under
   Long white robe (with BFHS in large letters on back in any color temp. attached
      to robe back.

Bert:
    No change but without hat.

Ernie:
    No change but without hat.

Uncle Billy:
    No change

Scene 5
Mourners:
    Black band around arm or black coats/ jackets/ long cardigans over clothes.

Secretary:
    Suit or pencil skirt and cardigan/ 40’s style shirt.
    Glasses- optional
    Strand/s of faux pearls/ beads- optional
    Hair could be put up.
George:
    Complete change back to Scene 3 suit.
    Same as before with a black band on left arm, or
    Black coat/ jacket over

Potter:
    White long- sleeved shirt (turn up collar)
    Black 3-piece suit or black suit and separate black waistcoat.
    Black tie.
    Bowler style hat (optional).
    Walking cane, elaborate (Director’s choice)

Goon:
    Dressed like Potter

Clarence:
    No change

George:
    Quick change.
    Dressed like Scene 1 (without jacket but with scarf).

Scene 6
Mother Bailey:
    Same as Scene 3 without the apron.

George:
    Quick change.
    Dressed like Scene 3 (with jacket).
    Puts hat on- optional.

Scene 7
Violet:
    40’s style dress
    hat

George:
    No change from previous scene.

Mary:
   Pastel/ white 40’s style dress.

Mrs. Hatch:
    Long bell sleeved dress (gathered at the waist) or pencil skirt and 40’s shirt.
    Hair could be put up.
Sam W.:
    Suit (a checked one would be ideal but can be other) or long pants and a v- neck
      sweater.
    Busy/ other long sleeved shirt.
    Bow-tie.

Scene 8:
Mary:
    No change from previous scene but can hold a bouquet, put a corsage and/or a
       wedding hat.


George:
    No change from previous scene but can wear a buttonhole, and remove hat.

Townspeople:
    Can wear buttonholes
    Hats and gloves for the girls.

Ernie:
    No change.

Bert:
    No change.

Mrs. Martini:
    40’s style dress or pencil skirt and cardigan/ 40’s shirt.

Scene 9:
George:
    No change from previous scene (can remove jacket) and can wear a waistcoat/ v-
       neck sweater.

Uncle Billy:
    No change.

Potter:
    No change. No hat.

Goon:
    No change.
Miss Andrews:
    40’s style suit/ dress or pencil skirt and cardigan/ 40’s shirt.
    Purse.
    Hat and/ or gloves optional.

Mrs. Thompson:
    40’s style suit/ dress or pencil skirt and cardigan/ 40’s shirt.
    Purse.
    Hat and/ or gloves optional.
    Hair could be worn up.

Mr. Martini:
    White long- sleeved shirt (collar can be upturned slightly)
    Suit or separate pants and jacket/ waistcoat
    Neck-tie

Mrs. Martini:
    No change.

Mary:
   Does not have to change.

Aunt Tilly:
    No change


ACT TWO
Scene 1
Mary:
    Pencil skirt, elbow length sweater/ cardigan.
    Small neck scarf (tied at front).
    Plain baseball cap.

Mrs. Martini:
    No change.

George:
    Same as scene 9 (previous) can put jacket back on as he goes to see Potter.

Mr. Martini:
    No change.

Potter:
    No change.
Goon:
    No change.

Miss Carter:
    Suit or pencil skirt and 40’s shirt.
    Glasses- optional.
    Folder/ briefcase.

Secretary:
    No change.

Scene 2
Mary:
    No change from scene 1 but no scarf or baseball cap.

George:
    No change but removes jacket.

Clarence:
    No change.

George:
    Dressed as scene 1 ( act 1).

Newspaper boy:
    Short sweater or white t- shirt/ vest under a white/ beige long sleeved shirt
      (sleeves rolled) or short jacket.
    Dark baseball pants to just below knee with long socks or long beige pants.
    Holding a stack of newspapers or some newspapers in a large white canvas bag
      worn across.
    Newsboy cap or reversed baseball cap.

Potter:
    No change.

Goon:
    No change.

Uncle Billy:
    No change but can wear with jacket.

Scene 3
George:
    Jacket on and scarf (holding wreath). Removes jacket.
Aunt Tilly:
    No change (but without jacket).

Violet:
    40’s dress or suit
    Hat

Miss Carter:
    No change
    Briefcase

Billy Uncle:
     No change .

Scene 4
Janie
    Children’s 40’s style dress; very short puffed sleeves, white small collar, gathered
       at waist, to just below knee, printed festive fabric.
    Ankle socks.
    Hair worn up or half- down.
    (Tinsel).

Pete
      Short- sleeved shirt.
      Long pants.
      Santa hat

Tammy
    Children’s 40’s style dress; very short puffed sleeves, white small collar, gathered
      at waist, to just below knee, printed festive fabric.
    Ankle socks.
    Hair worn up or half- down.
    Tinsel.

Mary
   No change from last scene or can change just shirt to one with lace edges.
   Strand of faux pearls.
   An apron occasionally.

George
    Same as scene 1, act 1 (shirt, pants, tie, scarf).

Zuzu
      Pajamas/ nightgown.
Scene 5
George
    No change.

Potter
    No change, no hat.

Scene 6
Mr. Martini
    No change.

George:
    No change

Mr. Welch
    Shirt/ sweater.
    Dark pants.
    Raincoat/ coat/ bomber jacket.
    (Hat and scarf).

Ernie
    No change.

Clarence
    No change.

Scene 7
Mr. Martini
    No change.

George
    No change.

Mr. Welch
    No change.

Mr. Gower
    No change from scene 3, act1.

Clarence
    No change.

Violet
    Slight change from scene 3, act 2 (no hat, messy sweater).
Scene 8
George
    No change.

Ma Bailey
    Slight change (messy sweater, hair, flat shoes).

Clarence
    No change.

Scene 9
Mary
    Dark sweater/ jacket/ coat concealing the previous shirt.
    Same pencil skirt.
    Flat shoes.
    Glasses.
    Hair up, if possible in a low bun.
    (Dark gloves).
    (Clutching her purse)

George
    No change.

Bert
      No change.

Scene 10
George
    No change.

Children
    Could be dressed same or wearing night robes over their clothes.

Mary
   Change from previous scene.
   Dress as scene 4. with a coat/ jacket over.
   (Hair down).

Uncle Billy
    No change (jacket on).


Ernie
    No change.
Mr. Martini
    No change.

Miss Andrews
    No change. No accessories.

Mrs. Thompson
    No change. No accessories.

Gower
   No change from scene 7, act 2.

Violet
    As scene 3, act 2.

Harry
       Naval uniform.
       Navy blue, black suit. (shoulder stripes can be added temp.)
       White shirt
       Blue/ black tie.
       Naval cap.
       (white thin scarf).

				
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