Little Shop of Horrors goes into rehearsals on March 30th and we can't wait to see what becomes of this cult classic musical! The first weekend is already sold out. Click here and reserve your seats NOW!
Theatre is a collaborative art through absolute necessity. It takes all kinds of minds and extensive palettes to paint the world of a play into experience. If actors on stage provide the life of a story, the costumes on them provide the context. We'd like to introduce to you the costume designer for Little Shop of Horrors
Pheobe H. Boynton
Pheobe H. Boynton joined the Theatreworks team in 2018 as our costume shop manager. She has impressive credits, including with regional theaters, in TV and film, and with Kanye West. Her expertise and creativity are an incredible asset to our company. We asked her about her life and the show. Take a look!
Pheobe: Ithaca, New York.
TW: Home now?
Pheobe: Colorado Springs, Colorado.
TW: What got you into theatre?
Pheobe: I've been involved in theater since I was a child performer at age 11. I discovered that I enjoyed spending time in the costume shop more than I enjoyed my time on stage. The rest is a history of stubborn persistence, hard work, tears, recrimination, and not an inconsiderable amount of luck. It's a real page-turner.
TW: What is your training/ background?
Pheobe: BA in Art History from Cornell University, MFA in Theater Design and Technology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and 10 years as a freelance costume designer for theater, film, and new media in Los Angeles.
TW: What is your favorite era to design for and why?
Pheobe: Lately I've been enjoying mashing up period aesthetics with modern sensibilities. Something about the transition from WWII utilitarianism into postwar middle-class decadence speaks to me about how we unpack ideas of gender, desire, and intersectionality from a modern perspective.
TW: What challenges does this show present?
Pheobe: Little Shop of Horrors is a 1980's musical homage to mid-century pulp horror. Creating an out-and-out period piece doesn't present the layers of history and subtext involved in presenting this production in a way that feels fresh and relevant today. The challenge is creating an aesthetic that feels true to the characters and story that we're telling, without letting it be so bound up in nostalgia that we lose the emotional punch of the show. That, and there's a giant puppet.
TW: What is one change you’d like to see in the world?
Pheobe: I would like to see a solution to the persistent and systemic financial inequality which so often silences those who would have been our greatest creative minds. That, and you know, a pair of running shoes I can also wear out to dinner.
TW: What was your favorite toy as a kid?
Pheobe: A three-and-a-half inch floppy
disk of Oregon Trail FTW!