The material used for all masks was wonder flex. It was melted over wood forms, cut out, and covered in fabric.

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Spray foam was put behind the masks to give them weight. Towards the bottom the foam was carved away to custom fit each hat.

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Straw hats were used for Mufasa and Simba's headpieces. They were painted and bonding was added to give them shape.

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The base of the hats were used as the base for Mufasa's, Simba's, and Scar's hats.

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Each mask was hand painted to reflex the character's personality.

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Spray foam on foam core was used as the Ram's horns.

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"The Lion King Jr." was first done at the Moorestown Theatre Company (MTC) in the summer of 2015 and was the first production of this show in the tri-state area.  Because of this all of the costumes had to be built from scratch.  I was hired onto the job because of my background working with props and my sewing abilities.  

 

I quickly took on the role of the milliner and costume finisher.  The production time consisted of 3 weeks and over 250 pieces were created from costumes to masks to accessories.  I created all headpieces and animal costumes.  This consisted of Mufasa, Simba, Scar, all 16 lionesses, 21 hyenas, 22 wildebeests, 3 giraffes, 2 rhinos, 12 birds, 6 flying kite birds, 6 rams, 2 cheetahs, and 1 elephant.

 

The production received great audiences and press from local news channels, and since the production the headpieces and costumes have been rented out all over the tri-state area.   

Assistant Costume Designer

The Lion King Jr.

Moorestown Theatre Company

Moorestown, NJ

2015

Costume Designer: Thom Sirkot