Behind the scenes with the KI Players

KI PLAYERS: The cast includes (back row) Henry Rodriguez, Helen Wissink, Priscilla
Thomas, Rhonda Lee; (front) Gemma McGowan, Monique Hayward, Raia Spark, Isaac
Domain and Brandon White.
KI PLAYERS: The cast includes (back row) Henry Rodriguez, Helen Wissink, Priscilla Thomas, Rhonda Lee; (front) Gemma McGowan, Monique Hayward, Raia Spark, Isaac Domain and Brandon White.

Presenting a “play within a play” poses challenges not only for the director and cast of the KI Players but also for the crew responsible for the design and look of the play.

Sue Jarmyn with the help of Judy Boettcher has the responsibility for the costumes and wardrobe.

This year’s play is set in two time periods so finding costumes for both eras takes creativity and ingenuity.

Sue and Judy have worked together on a number of KI productions so they are quite adept at finding costumes using a limited budget from a range of sources including op shops, cast and crew members’ wardrobes, borrowed pieces and “bespoke” items.

This year Sue has done most of the sewing while Judy has been hunting high and low for the elusive extras that finish an outfit.

She’s very good at tweaking pieces to fit; letting out or inserting tucks or adding frill or elastic so the outfits look made to measure.

Sue trawls through the old magazines at Hope Cottage or fashion patterns to help find the authentic look for the period.

This year she’s been channelling “Downton Abbey” but she’s not letting on as to what time-period from that show.

Both Judy and Sue are also the main kitchen marvels providing the sumptuous suppers for which the Players are renowned. 

Sue Jarmyn making last minute adjustments to the KI Players' set.

Sue Jarmyn making last minute adjustments to the KI Players' set.

Developing a set that can address the needs of both plays is the task of stage manager/set designer 

Lesley Walker who works alongside set builder Graeme Olsen.

While Lesley doesn’t have to organise any quick scenery changes this year, she has the difficult task of making subtle changes to the set during the play to highlight what is happening on stage and the progress of time.

As always the Players are supported by a range of people including the lighting and sound crew, front-of-house, hair and makeup and bar staff plus a number of volunteers who lend a hand to help make the play a highlight on the KI calendar.

Make sure you get your tickets for the performances at the KI Town Hall Kingscote from June 22-24 and then June 29 to July 1.

Performances are at 8pm on Friday and Saturday with matinees at 2pm on Sunday. 

Cost is $20 for adults and $10 for children 16 years and under. Tickets can be obtained at Kangashoo Shoes. 

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