Hansel and Gretel – Behind the Seams

Our interns Brea Porter and Autonay Smith have put together an exposé on the beautiful, original costumes being built for our upcoming production of Hansel and Gretel (November 18 and 20). Follow along as we build the “Dew Fairy” costume, starting with a drawing on paper and going to a living, breathing character on stage.


Part I – Illustrations and Inspirations

Erik Teague is a freelance costume designer based out of Atlanta, Georgia. In his undergraduate years, he majored in theatre performance but found that he was limited in the roles he could play. Costume Design, however, gave Erik a voice that could not be limited, which explains his choice of Costume Design as his major in grad school. He has now worked on numerous productions around the world for the last 15 years. His website showcases the vast talent and hard work he has put into his craft.  Recently, Erik has been here in New Orleans to team up with his good friend, the talented director E. Loren Meeker, for the upcoming production of Hansel and Gretel.

The production of Hansel and Gretel has been an exciting journey for Mr.​ Teague and his team. With so many costumes to choose from, it can be hard for a designer to pick a favorite. Although Mr.​ Teague says he cannot choose between his ​”children” as a good father, he speaks about the Witch costume ​as secretly being his favorite. But everyone is interested in creating the “Dew Fairy” costume. Specifically, there was a light in Mr. Teague’s eyes as he spoke about creating this beautiful frozen​-fantasy costume.

Here, Erik offers a sneak peek of his masterpiece to be revealed at the upcoming performances of Hansel and Gretel. Inspired by the Dew Fairy’s light voice and the production’s powerful music, the costume illuminates the character’s weightlessness and floats elegantly on the stage. 


Part II – Coming Soon