Costumes for Alice in Wonderland?

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January 20, 2010
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I am looking for creative ideas for costuming the caterpillar and the cheshire cat. I went with multiple actors (5 for the caterpillar...one main and 4 for the body) and need ideas for costumes that keep them looking like one being but allow movement and dancing. As for the cats, I don't want a typical furry cat costume with a big head. I would like something cute and colorful (my actors are all middle school girls). Any ideas, patterns, suggestions would be helpful!
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January 23, 2010
Do the Cheshire cat and caterpillar need to move around? If they are stationary, then build costumes out of foam core or wood and move them with wagons. Foam core is really easy to work with, and leaves the costumers with alot less work in making difficult costumes.

January 23, 2010
HI!!!!! srry "Sealed" new member... I loved doing Alice in Wonderland over the summer and my favorite part was all of the awsome costumes. Paige already told u guys about how we did our costumes. Seriously, CHECK OUT THE VIDS!!! our director really impressed everyone. (I was medium alice but don't take what u see in that show as all i can do cuz tht wasn't my best performance... if u kno what i mean "Embarassed")

January 22, 2010
We did Alice in Wonderland Jr. at my middle school last year. I personally hated our capitiillar costume but I thought our Cheshire Cat one was adorable! (But the cardboard face was ehh) (Ugly) Tie-die catipillar costume: "The Cheshire Cat costume: "Cheshire

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January 21, 2010
another idea, that we did at my school, use black light, put all the girls in black, except for the head, put her in a white turtleneck with splatter paint on it. The rest of the body, put white tube tops over the black long sleve shirts. then to top it all off, give them all white long sleve gloves.

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January 20, 2010
hey i was just the caterpillar!!! i got some grey leggings and fabrick glued neon baby socks on the side for legs! i wore neon socks too and made my own anntennas with a head band fuzzy balls gliter and pipe cleaners! we wore alice and wonder land t shirts so i dont know but i would do something neon and random!!!!!

January 20, 2010
How vigorous of dancing are you talking? If it were me, I would dress all of the girls totally in a solid color (blue or green)(I would say blue sweatpants, tights, or stretch pants, long sleeve tops with hoods, either t-shirt or stretch, blue Keds, and blue or white gloves) paint the faces of body section people the same color, and make the costume of the head girl a little more flashy--no solid color face makeup, a big hairdo, etc. I would then have them stand in formation: side-by-side (-by-side :D) and in conga lines, etc. The body section girls would obviously move in unison. That already puts them in some possible dance formations and gives them a sense of moving together, but they can also break and move separately. If you can have then a little more stuck together, you could have their shirts sewn together with stitching running up the side from the bottom of the shirt to a little below the armpit. Hope this helps. I pulled my ideas from looking at the old Disney blue caterpillar.

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January 20, 2010
i would sorta agree but put them all in large pants or leggings!!! on my 1st comment i forgot u had more than 1 cattterpillar