September 7, 2005
Comments from Guthrie Hebenstreit
When I think of Rarig, I think of the costume shop. As a shop work-study my freshman through senior year, I spent the majority of my time there and definitely learned more there than anywhere else. Whether it was endlessly sewing line after line in cotton knit to clothe Oedipus and his cringing chorus or the the fantastic brocades and velvets that clothed the court in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, every show had a spirit of its own. The talent that designed them was matched by the skill that built them making each unique and memorable.
But more importantly, it is the costume shop family that lives in my memory. Kegan, Joanne, Joe, Tony, Barbara, Sara, Estelle, Brenda and everyone else who called the shop their home from home… not to mention the array of students struggling through their sewing samples and mandatory shop hours… these are the people who offered daily support, humor and insight. These are the people who created the golden hue that colors my time at Rarig. Living on jet-fuel strength coffee and theme-based potluck snack parties, we spent our work shifts, our class breaks and time when we should have been in other classes creating stunning costumes and amazing friendships. Even though I haven’t seen these people in years, I miss them and think of our time together often.
Guthrie Hebenstreit (U of M 1990-1994)
Posted by utheatre at September 7, 2005 10:22 PM | Memories of former students