SCF Kicks Off Theatre Season with “Reinvented” Costume Collaboration

(Bradenton, Fla., July 10, 2013) — Ken Erickson, director of the State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) Theater Program, is the mastermind behind an upcoming art exhibit, The Art of the Costume "Reinvented," designed to kick off the 2013-2014 theatre season in Manatee and Sarasota counties.

The exhibit is a first-of-its-kind collaboration of a dozen area theatres featuring costumes created from unconventional recycled or repurposed material. Participating theatres include SCF Studio 84 Productions, Asolo Conservatory, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Florida Studio Theatre, Island Players, Manatee Players, The Sarasota Ballet, The Glenridge Performing Arts Center, The Players of Sarasota, Theatre Odyssey, Venice Theatre and Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe.

In preparation for the exhibit, Erickson has spent the summer in the scene shop at SCF's Howard Studio Theater designing and building two costumes--one from the Elizabethan era and another from the Renaissance era.

With the eye of an experienced stage designer, Erickson tapped his creative talents to bring the costumes to life. He used ordinary objects in his recipe including postage stamps, dry cleaning garment bags, drop cloths, X-ray film, gold paper doilies, packing insulation, broken windshield glass, gutter screen, wallpaper, dental floss, bingo sheets, biohazard disposable bags, plastic grapes, Gummy Bears, Sixlet candies, tortellini, glitter glue, and his daughter's old orthodontics retainer.

Designed to be a simple, yet elegant dress, the Renaissance costume features a decoupage of old recycled postage stamps for the bodice of the dress accented with a colorful green plastic drop cloth skirt and capped sleeves made from blue dry cleaning garment bags.

For the more elaborate and fashionable Elizabethan costume, Erickson created a red and gold foam bodice with an outer dress using red biohazard disposal bags donated by the SCF natural science department and a skirt made from bingo sheets given to him by a student whose father owns a bingo parlor. He completed a costume with a shimmering tiara adorned with Gummy Bears, Sixlet candies and his daughter's old orthodontic retainer that rests atop red tortellini ringlets.

SCF's Theatre Program, in partnership with SCF's Fine Art Gallery, will host an opening reception for The Art of the Costume "Reinvented" at 6-8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 6, at the Fine Art Gallery at SCF Bradenton, 5840 26th St. West. The exhibit runs through Oct. 16.

For more information about his costume creations and the upcoming exhibit, call Ken Erickson, SCF Theatre Program director, at 941-752-5586. View the video online at

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