How to Make Gertrude Mcfuzz's Huge Tail in the Seussical

If you are a costume designer for the Seussical, you know just how frustrating it is to make Gertrude's big tail. This article will give you step by step instructions on how to make one.

Steps

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    Gather your "feathers." You should use one or more (or all) of the following:
    • Feathers
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    • Boas
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    • Fabric scraps
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    • Ribbon
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    • Garland
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    • Lace
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    Figure out the colors of the "feathers." If Gertrude's dress is a warm color such as red, pink, orange or yellow, use those color "feathers" plus white. If her dress is a cool color such as green, blue or purple, use those color feathers plus white. If her dress is any other color, consider a costume change.
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    Put all of the materials together with all ends together, but just the one end, like a bouquet. Fasten with a white ribbon.
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    Put the tail in a bag.
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    Fasten the bag to the INSIDE of Gertrude's costume.
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    Put a hole in the costume where the bag is.
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    When Gertrude sings about her new tail growing, Bird Girls will surround her slowly pulling out her tail. (Without the audience knowing, of course.)

Tips

  • Use different materials for the tail. Nobody is going to see the difference when she's on stage.
  • Try to make her costume a cool color and Mayzie and the Bird Girl's costumes a warm color.
  • Follow the steps on choosing appropriate colors. You don't want her to look bad.

Warnings

  • Don't give all the birds the same color costume as you will not be able to tell them apart.
  • Make sure the bag isn't noticeable, or else the audience will know what is happening easily.

Things You'll Need

  • Material
  • A plastic bag
  • A Gertrude to play the part!

Article Info

Categories: Costumes