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Bear Snores On Q&A with costumer : Samantha Haddow

Get to know the CREATIVE TEAM of Bear Snores On with our Q&A as we Journey to the Cave.

We are delighted to have Samantha Haddow back with us on BEAR SNORES ON!! Her expert costume work was last seen here in A Charlie Brown Christmas.

What exactly does a costumer do, you ask? Well…

 The COSTUME DESIGNER works with the director in realizing the overall vision of the production. They are responsible for creating the look of the costumes (and sometimes the make-up, too!)  

Q&A with : Samantha Haddow (Costume & Make-Up Designer for Bear Snores On)

Q: Please tell us a little bit about your working process

A: I always start with the script and the music, reading through once to gather a first impression and overall feeling. Many of the productions I’ve designed with Stages are based on well known books, so early on I always try to get my hands on a copy. Often audiences know the books and I want to be able to pay homage to what they may recall. From there I start researching and sketching. In Bear Snores On all of the characters are animals, so I dove into what characteristics and feature define each critter. On top of that, Jennifer Kirkeby wrote in incredibly lush personalities and regional quirks for these characters…one a bit British, another a bit of a cowboy, yet another had a flare of Victorian Gothic. I have a blast layering these textures and flavors on top of the characters.

Costume Design for BEAR in Bear Snores On at Stages Theatre Company

Costume Design for BEAR in Bear Snores On at Stages Theatre Company

Q: What is a particularly interesting or unusual challenge on this project and how are you setting out to solve it?

A: With many productions features animals one of my largest challenges is walking the line between keeping the actors human enough to relate to, but with enough animal characteristic to pass as the creature they are portraying. Mush of this will shine through with the physicality that the actors develop, but the costume has to help support them. A little makeup goes a long way, as do ears and tails. Mel and I try to avoid using masks or anything that blocks an of the actor’s own facial features. SO much of the story telling happens in their own expressions.

Q: What in your childhood got you to where you are today?

A:I drew a lot. And colored. And I remember creating vivid story lines with my brother that we would act out for weeks on end…we’d pretend to be various animals, usually a wolf and a fox, setting out on some great adventure or discovery. We’d don ears and fluffy fabric tail, battle dragons, explore caves, hunt for lost relics. We made the stories up as we went along. To this day I have no idea where those stories came from..

Q: What do you enjoy most about your job in this production?

A: I always love seeing the actors’ expressions when they try on their costumes for the first time.

Mille the Mouse costume design for BEAR SNORES ON by Samantha Haddow

Costume Design for a Mouse in Bear Snores On at Stages Theatre Company



Q: Favorite Color

A: Purple

Q: Favorite Quote

A: Develop interest in life as you see it; in people, things, literature, music – the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people. Forget yourself.” Henry Miller (1891 – 1980)



Q: Favorite Book You Remember from Growing Up

A: Trouble with Trolls by Jan Brett

Q: Favorite Winter Activity (either as a kid or now)

A: Snow angels, and hiking


Stay tuned for more BEAR SNORES ON Q&As and…

Come see Samantha’s designs as they come to life in BEAR SNORES ON!

Bear Snores On

JANUARY 22, 2016 – FEBRUARY 15, 2016 • All Ages

Adapted from the book by Karma Wilson. Adapted for the stage by Jennifer Kirkeby. Music and Lyrics by Blake Thomas.

Bear-snoresWorld Premiere

Warm-up this winter as Bear and all his friends cozy up in our imaginative new musical! On a cold, stormy winter night, one by one, a whole host of animals venture into Bear’s cave to warm up. But even after the tea has been brewed and the corn has been popped, Bear just snores on! Come see what happens when he finally wakes up and finds them having a party!

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CAST: Teagan Bowar, Nick Cecchi, Nicholas Dekker, Sophie Farrell, Ki’Shaya Graham, Emma Kempf, Sara Magnuson, Greta Nackerud, Camille Norman and Brent Teclaw


ARTISTIC DIRECTOR – Sandy Boren-Barrett
MUSIC DIRECTOR – Sarah Hohenstein Burk
CHOREOGRAPHER – Stephanie Harmon
COSTUME & MAKE-UP DESIGNER – Samantha Fromm Haddow
SET DESIGNER – Tiffany Fier
STAGE MANAGER – Becca Buntjer

Based on the Book, Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson.  Adapted for the stage by Jennifer Kirkeby.  Music and Lyrics by Blake Thomas.  Copyright © 2002 by Karma Wilson
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