Biblical costumes probably won’t become the newest fashion craze, despite the fact QB Drew Brees donned one to attend a screening of the Bible-inspired movie Noah. You won’t need one either to attend Lift Him Up, a musical drama presented the next two weekends as the Kempsville Christian Church.
Approximately 200 costumes are used to tell the story of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection. Some are simple tunics while others, like those worn by the Magi are on the upper end of the bling scale.
First time costume shop supervisor Nancy Hawkins makes sure each of the 200 costumes fits, is in good repair and gets to the right cast member. Since one costume might have four or more parts or accessories and some cast members play multiple roles, making sure each piece gets to the right person is a monumental task.
“Fortunately the most complicated costumes were already made from prior years,” shares Nancy. “The hardest part was whipping up new ones in less than a week when cast was added.”
This process was made easier because of the ten seamstresses and helpers pitching in to construct 46 new costumes and to complete the numerous repairs, alterations and modifications needed to get the show on stage.
“The Lord provided me we a great team who without complaint grabbed more material to take home and sew away,” Nancy explained. Check out the accompanying slide show.
The show opens Saturday, April 12 and runs the 13th, 18th, 19th, and 20th at 7 pm. Doors open at 6 pm. Admission is free on a first come-first served basis. Contact Kempsville Christian Church at 490-3925 or visit their website for details and directions.