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Our amdram juniors did Cinders last year.(junior performers but adult crew and direction) Amongst other things we researched youtube for examples and hints. In the end it was a combination of many things which made it work. The ball gown was hidden under rags which formed a kind of cloak. At the crucial moment there were distractions from lighting, the coach and a shower of glitter above Cinders. She spun round unwrapping the cloak which fell to the ground in a dark patch and she immediately stepped away from it so that a pixie or such could whisk it away off stage. The most important ingredient was lots and lots of practice - I think most rehearsals started with yet another run through of the transformation before the kids got down to work but it was so worthwhile. In the end countless puzzled adults saying "I don't get it - just how DID you do that" was most satisfying!




E2A - just remembered, we also had a small squirt of lightly chilled smoke around Cinders' feet which helped to obscure the discarded cloak.

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Even the most breathtakingly spectacular "quick change" acts use the simplest of principles - break away seams - but with thousands of hours of practise to ensure that every minute movement is choreographed perfectly to a) not hinder the removal of the top layer and b) ensure that they pull every psychological trick possible to make the change seem even faster and more impossible than it already it.


Not directly related to your needs but an example of a quick change act that uses every trick in the book - Mcgiveny Quickchange He's actually performing his father's routine so the technology in use is 1920's; no velcro! Note how it always looks like he's done a full costume change but that if you look more closely you're realise he doesn't turn around or move his arms higher than a certain position. This will be because at some point it was discovered that not having a back on a particular costume shaved seconds off the time required to change; so the choreography was adapted to serve the technical needs of the change rather than the other way around - THAT is the secret.

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