Shrek the Musical came to Theatre under the Stars at Stanley Park Aug 4, 2014 so of course we needed to see it as a family.
There was awful traffic getting to the show so we arrived after it started. When we went to take a photo in front of the stage at intermission we had a huge queue of guests wanting photos with us too.
I had made the Shrek and Fiona costumes several years ago, but Kitty Soft Paws and Donkey were created for this event. For Kitty Soft Paws, I used a bodysuit I wore back in the 80’s but was still good for my 12 year old 6′ daughter. I made a hat with fur trim and a fur ruff, tail and paws. Since her feet are size 11 feet are a little big and probably would be expensive for pirate boots, I just made a fleece cuff to add to boots she already had.
Donkey is a reluctant cosplayer, so I made sure her costume was very comfortable. It is a jacket (zips in back) and she could where her own fleece pants. The hat incorporated purchased ears I had on hand already. I just left slits at the top of the same pattern I used for Kitty so the ears could fit through. Since the ears were a headband, they stayed upright nicely.
Looking forward to the next excuse to dress up again. Next time I hope we can have costumes for the cat (Lord Farquaad) and dog (Dragon) too!
On our 11th anniversary, we went to our first ever Comic-Con. It took some manipulating, but I got my wonderful hubbie to put on the Shrek outfit I made him several years ago and I transformed into Fiona for the day.
To give you a little perspective, I’m 5’10” and my husband is 6’10” and I’m pretty sure the writer’s of Shrek must have been fans of him back in his football days. There are too many similarities to just be coincidence. I don’t really fit the superhero body type, but I thought Shrek and Fiona would be a fun addition to Vancouver’s Mega Comic-Con.
We’d arrived at the hotel hosting the event, and before we even got out of the underground parking, the security guard was wanting photos with us. He was a tall man and probably not had too many folks look down on him before. We made our way to the lobby where some Calgary Stampeders were assembled getting ready to play football against the BC Lions that evening. They saw Ray and wanted photos with him too. I went in search of a restroom and was followed by more fans that wanted photos with me too. And that’s how it was the entire time we were there. We should have charged a $1 a photo. We would have made a lot of money!
Ray’s highlight was getting to visit with the wrestler ‘Honkeytonkman’. He actually did charge for photos, which we did so Ray could have a record of meeting one of his favourite wrestlers from back in the day.
Some of our artwork at the concert
I was asked to paint concert goers when KISS came to Abbotsford back in 2011 at the Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre. I knew it there was a concert to facepaint at, this would be the one. So I invited my friend Carolyn to bring her airbrush and help me with the crowds. What was supposed to only be 2 hours, turned into 4! I was really impressed with the crowd too. I wasn’t sure what to expect as it’s not usually my type of music. My husband really likes them so I gave him my tickets and he said it was the best concert he’s ever been to. Really entertaining.
There were a lot of dads bringing their kids to their 1st concert. There was even a little guy (6 years old) with a wig that we painted up. He entertained us all during the pre-concert party singing KISS songs…he knew all the words!
I arranged with one of my regular customers to paint him ahead of time as I wanted to try my hand at the design created by artist, James Kuhn. It’s all 4 KISS characters on one face. Then I gave him a glitter tattoo on the back of his head. It took 2 hours but it was worth it. He looked awesome and everyone wanted photos of him at the concert. Someone told me they even saw it on the official KISS website too. Thank for being my willing model anytime Alan!