BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY – INTO THE WOODS
The director, Dallyn Vail Bayles, wanted to capture the statement “A Spring of Bad Choices Leads to a Winter of Consequences” in this production. The director was inspired by the artwork of James Christensen and liked the interesting colors and textures to be incorporated into this show. The design team dove into Christensen’s artwork to find images that resonated with them and really conveyed character. Keeping things like budget, functionality, design, and practicality in mind, the team spent ten months creating this beautiful show. Sarah designed with James Christensen in mind as well as using her own personal style and stylized approach.
Director – Dallyn Vail Bayles
Makeup Designer – Sarah Bult
Costume Designer – Dennis Wright
Lighting Designer – Michael Kraczek
Sound Designer – Kristian Tenny
Set Designer – Benjamin Saunders
CHARACTERS AND THE DESIGN PROCESS
THE NARRATOR & MYSTERIOUS MAN
This character was particularly challenging. The beard was created from a repurposed wig due to the budget and need for his pieces to match. It had to be made to be easily removed for quick changes, and still make it look like they were two different people. Sarah was always grateful when the audience realized that he was the narrator when he removed the pieces onstage. Those gasps mean that she did her job right and this became one of her favorite designs of this show.
THE WITCH UGLY vs. PRETTY TRANSFORMATION
This was also a challenging character. Not only was there no possibility for a double, but Sarah had to also figure out how to remove her witch prosthetic and costume and reapply a whole new look in 6 minutes. This required some research and a silicon adhesive was chosen that could be taken off the actresses skin quickly without any pain or damage to her skin.
Rapunzel’s braid is one of the iconic images of this show and we had to work hard to make that come to life. Since Sarah had a significantly low budget she was able to borrow a long detachable braid from a company in Florida who had just done the production. Sarah personally had to restyle, groom, and resew the entire braid. Although it was a lot of work the overall look of 27 feet of hair was incredible.
LITTLE RED & GRANNY
STEP MOTHER, LUCINDA, & FLORINDA
The Step Mother and Sisters were particularly challenging to create a hairstyle that looked silly for the girls without being too over the top or looking too sophisticated. After several trial and error attempts with the wigs, Sarah found a sweet spot where they had just enough bounce in their curls for their wild jumping and dancing.
JACK & JACKS MOTHER
BAKER & BAKERS WIFE
These two characters are the leads of the show and we had a very clear vision for these two characters and the color palette that they would be. Sarah selected a snood for Baker’s Wife to show her character change before and after she has an affair with the Prince.