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Dick Whit­ting­ton,

Bux­ton • 6,300 changes over 63 per­for­mances – Cin­derella, Chester­field

• 6,720 cast cos­tume changes over the run – Jack and the Beanstalk, Derby

• 10,000 se­quins – Hansel & Gre­tel, Derby

• 25,000 hours of sewing and de­sign­ing this year – Jack and the Beanstalk, Derby

So, is all the ef­fort worth it? Emma Waugh says there is noth­ing quite like it. ‘When you see cast mem­bers step into their cos­tumes it’s like a trans­for­ma­tion. They re­ally be­come the char­ac­ter, they may stand taller, walk in a dif­fer­ent way, hold them­selves dif­fer­ently. The cos­tumes are such a big part of the pan­tomime. They are so vi­brant and stand out on stage. They help the ac­tors to cre­ate and re­ally be­come the char­ac­ters.’

In fact, pro­duc­tion staff from across the re­gion be­lieve unan­i­mously that cos­tumes are the lifeblood of the panto. ‘Ev­ery­body likes to see glam­our on the stage in the Land of Make Be­lieve,’ says Chester­field’s Cin­derella cos­tume de­signer Eve Wilkin­son. ‘A beau­ti­ful cos­tume can bring the story to life and take your breath away.’

‘They bring the char­ac­ters to life,’ agrees Pro­ducer Alan Bowles from Derby LIVE’S Jack and the Beanstalk. ‘We re­ally spend

TOP AND ABOVE: Cos­tumes for Jack and the Beanstalk

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