06 Jul A rainbow-coloured score for Bye Bye Birdie

On Monday the 3rd of July year 11 Textiles Technology students fitted and handed over the skirts they have been working on since term 1 for the Bye Bye Birdie school production.  

The project began at the start of the year when Performing Arts teacher Anton Bentley approached textiles teacher Cushla Laufkotter about creating costumes for the major production.

Mrs Laufkotter immediately got in behind the project, seeing it as a great opportunity for her class to collaborate on a unit of work and hone their skills on a project which would be put into real use live on stage.

The process involved creating mock-ups for fitting the chorus girls, so they would each have their own individualised skirt for the show. The skirts feature 1950’s style applique motifs to match the setting of the show.

Textiles student Nicole Lavender said making the skirts involved a lot of trial and error with zips, buttons and the appliques. She is pleased with how her clock-motif red skirt turned out and was excited to see it being worn by a member of cast. “It makes you feel a part of the team for the production,” she said. “I just want to go and see it.”

Classmate Olivia Williams had a different experience with the canary yellow skirt she created. Featuring a ten-pin bowling themed applique, Olivia will wear the skirt herself when she appears in the chorus of Bye Bye Birdie. “Everyone was meeting their maker,” she said, describing the moment of the handover to the cast. “But I was my maker!”

Cushla Laufkotter says it was an amazing process for the textiles students to experience working for a client with high expectations. “They all worked very hard developing their skills to get up to the standard required,” she said. “I am very proud of the way the students have worked through this process with creativity and enthusiasm and the high-quality they have achieved with their finished skirts.”

By Sera King