how long will a debt collection stay on my credit report get your free annual credit reports cheap credit reports and scores how do i freeze my credit report prevent theft free credit report from govt how can i get a free credit report without a credit card in canada government agency credit report free credit report with fico get my free once year credit report does best buy report credit agencies can you dispute a hard inquiry on your credit report what is the timeframe for removing negative credit information with the exception of bankruptcies from a credit report credit report clean up after bankruptcy challenge credit report items i need a free credit report now remove credit inquiries your credit report canada what is the website to get a free credit report dispute my credit report mail what is included in your free credit report how to get free credit report without credit card uk free government site for credit report what is the federal fair credit reporting act fcra contact number for experian credit reports only true free credit report free annual credit report phone happened guy free credit report commercial eric violette free report experian phone number credit score many free credit reports per year georgia get incorrect info removed credit report delinquency credit report definition have been denied deduction do get my free credit report what does it mean on your credit report when something has been charged off free credit report georgia www annual credit report com free should you put a freeze on your credit report how to monitor your credit report for free getting all 3 credit reports free what shows on your credit report how can i obtain my free annual credit report free credit report gov annual consumers how can i get free credit report without paying federal credit report bureau credit cards reporting to experian how long does a collection stay on your credit report how long do derogatory accounts stay on credit report quizzles credit report annualcreditreport annual credit report versus free credit report what is the best 3 bureau credit report credit rating report free report credit bureau dispute major credit reporting agencies us how to get chapter 7 bankruptcy removed from credit report equifax free credit report mail get my credit report free south africa national credit report boca raton fl reading your credit report how long can i view my free credit report irs free credit report site dispute get better credit report detailed credit report experian fair credit reporting act form authorization release how to understand my credit report free credit report after being turned down for credit reporting bad tenant credit bureau telephone number for experian credit report view credit report online @ transunion fcra free credit report government free credit reports federal trade commision annual credit report consumer credit cards for bad credit that report to credit bureaus how do i remove bad credit from my credit report three credit scores reports newest free credit report song lyrics hsbc advance credit report why can;t i view my equifax credit report ftc annual free credit report how do you really get a free credit report consumer statement credit report canada how do i obtain my yearly free credit report obtain yearly free credit reports how to understand experian credit reports credit report and scores free trial cancel free credit report account online see your credit report canada how to update balances on my credit report how easy is it to cancel free credit report com free credit reports without credit card info how can i remove negative marks on my credit report get copy credit report if denied credit where can i get a copy of my credit report how do i get something fixed on my credit report bad credit report and employment free copy your credit report how to correct personal information on credit report free annual credit report information get legitimate credit report free credit report guy french canadian the credit reporting agencies i need to buy my credit report report bad tenant credit agency when do collection agencies report to credit bureaus definition of a charge off on a credit report how to report to credit agencies often do credit reporting agencies update information how do i get free credit report without a credit card federal fair credit reporting act disclosure notice geico free credit report vs. free credit score commercials remove myself authorized user credit report annual credit report and score best report service 2010 credit monitoring how to order your credit report by mail dispute charge off my credit report us government website free credit reports instant score check your credit report free credit report sites really free free annual credit report with scores here how do i run my credit report annual credit report freeware government fact free credit report score no credit cards contest items your credit report free credit report dot ads free credit report no fees best three in one report credit score us gov;t free credit report bank america mortgage forbearance credit report credit dispute your credit report free report uk only check your credit 3 credit bureau free report how to get one free credit report a year get bad borrowing history removed your credit report canada how long does missed payment information stay on your credit report free annual government credit report website remove credit report negative consumer credit reports businesses fair credit reporting act free credit report interest rates free 3 credit scores and 3 credit report rental credit report application does free credit report cost money d & b personal reports business credit free credit report vs score order a credit report on someone annual credit report request form online atlanta what does government mandated mean free credit report website three facts about credit reports fixing your credit report yourself get free fico report if denied credit my credit report score free government mandated free annual credit report free credit reports for renters how to order a credit report by mail free canada credit report how do i report a renter to the credit bureau is there any free credit report sites report lost stolen credit card bank america is there a free credit report in canada free credit report cell phone lyrics clearing credit report history remove collections your credit report after 7 years your credit report free experian does payment status charge off mean credit report credit reporting dispute addresses best three bureau credit report free credit report commercial pirates of the caribbean free trial credit report and scores free federal credit report federal government long does take get your credit report mail remove items your credit report long does take repair credit report check your credit report free credit report cheap secure credit report free credit report and federal employment collection agency credit report 7 years credit reporting agency does sears use fair credit reporting act verification debt define credit report score contest credit report letter iii credit bureau report with the 3 credit score option free credit report experian canada agencies check your credit report experian need someone fix my credit report get your credit report free mail settle collection agency credit report disputing a judgement on credit report how to get paid collections removed from credit report consumer report credit card compare obtain copies of credit reports credit report definition of terms how to remove charge offs on credit report can you get a free credit score report is credit safe canada free credit report reviews your credit report free bureaus free credit report no sign up uk experian long does dismissed chapter 13 bankruptcy stay credit report how do i report a dispute on my credit report where can i get my annual credit report many points judgement worth credit report credit agricole group annual report 2007 best online credit report reviews how to remove collections off your credit report free instant credit score report first usa bank inquiry on credit report 3 free government credit reports timberwolves new jersey free credit report purchase all 3 credit reports free credit report instantly south africa does first premier credit card report credit bureaus get credit report deceased family member reliable credit reports personal solutions order 1 time credit report remove derogatory information credit report disputing credit report letter obtain my free credit report score government credit report free fair credit report agency dispute credit reports address remove payday loans credit report background check credit report landlords mobile payment in -cash and keitai credit report credit reporting rules and regulations yearly credit reports dispute credit report error canada under fair credit reporting act furnish a consumer report federal reserve annual free credit report dispute transunion credit report error get three free credit reports major credit reporting agency annual credit report contact order your credit report 2 experian login credit report best online credit reporting sites 3 in 1 credit bureau report credit reporting act alberta free credit report no credit card needed get my credit report federal website annualcreditreport equifax credit report example credit reports credit scores equifax free online credit report view your credit reports free credit commercial stan consumer report best credit report company where can i get a complete credit report annual credit report from federal government how do i get my free government credit report fair credit reporting disputed debt annual credit report and fico score fair credit reporting act record retention requirements credit report for rentals free which is the best credit report consumer reports free annual credit report how do you dispute your credit report how to dispute information on credit reports equifax credit report range need help understanding credit report 3in1 credit report with monitoring official annual credit report free credit report for tenant screening credit report form request how to get bad debt off your credit report credco ims on credit report federal credit report laws online credit report disputing dispute your credit report free credit report commercial band youtube transunion free report settlement credit rating free credit report after bankruptcy obtain my business credit report clear your credit report yourself how long delinquency stay on credit report transunion credit report fee which are the three companies that you can request your credit report from how to remove consolidated student loans from credit report debt settlement credit report free trial credit report equifax does checking your credit report affect your credit score fico sample credit report with credit score truly free credit report government dispute credit report online canada free credit report commercial 3 credit agency reports credit bureau reporting credit history report online remove charge off credit report sample letter get your yearly free credit reports united states gov free credit report what information is provided on a credit report build your credit report credit reporting code of conduct nsw free gov credit report suze orman credit report advice fcra credit reporting requirements reliable credit report long does eviction stay my credit report bill me later credit score reporting company credit reports free get free equifax credit report canada does chexsystems show up credit report difference between background check credit report guys free credit report commercials really singing credit analyst report sample free line credit report canada how to get a credit report in canada free what are some free credit report sites free yearly credit report 2008 get experian credit report mail get free credit report uk how to really get credit report for free landlord credit reports tenants order transunion credit report denied credit get free credit reports without credit card how often can i check my credit report for free absolutely free credit report online respa credit reporting requirements need help cleaning up my credit report experian 3 one credit report free goverment credit report gov free copy of credit report after denial transunion free credit report denied credit need talk someone my credit report purchase 3 credit reports report lost or stolen walmart credit card what are charge offs on your credit report pulling credit reports employees who reports credit information safe credit report websites one free credit report yearly fair credit reporting requirements credit report inquiries affect score credit reporting laws in texas equifax consumer credit report update form clark howard free credit report free credit report texas resident get collection account off credit report how do you get a credit report on a person get renters credit report where can i get my annual credit report for free ce credit report contact how to obtain a credit report without a credit card credit history report canada credit score reports sample what is a good free credit report i.c. systems how to remove from credit report get my credit report fico score experian annual credit report government site how to get your free credit report from transunion 3 bureau credit report one time fee how how do i know if i freeze my credit report prevent can i see my credit report for free free credit report request unlimited 2 credit bureau reports run credit reports tenants equifax free visa report denied credit free credit corporate office order credit report experian phone numbers all credit reporting agencies get your credit report for free once a year free credit report soft check we are temporarily unable to obtain your credit report show example credit report credit report veda advantage get free credit report dispute contact information for all credit reporting agencies dispute is my credit score in my credit report installment inquiry on credit report best report service free credit score credit report theft alert if you dispute your credit report credit report authorization form rental how to report credit to equifax free credit report uk without credit card details credit information report equifax credit report number ma gov free credit report red flag alert credit report correcting a mistake on your credit report can you sue for wrong information on credit report free credit report texas how long does a paid charge off stay on your credit report forms dispute credit credit report secured credit card reports all credit bureaus get bankruptcy off your credit report after 7 years bank of america credit report monitoring cheapest 3 bureau credit report personal responsibility affects credit report free credit report canada online official free credit report csc credit reporting agency merged credit report 100 free credit report canada how long does it take to fix an error on your credit report all 3 credit report free free credit report attorney general texas credit report can medical collections go on your credit report how to improve your credit report quickly anual credit 3in1 credit score reports what information is given in a credit report annual credit report unable to process request free credit report fico address all reporting bad credit agencies credit report repair services/uk does amex report credit agencies remove bankruptcy credit report after 10 years obtain my credit report online written off bad debt credit report fair credit reporting act free credit report fedral credit report home goto dispute forms utility companies report credit bureaus free credit report massachusetts law often should you check your credit score report credit report tri merge request a free copy of my credit report request credit report fair credit reporting act third party credit reports government free yearly free credit report online government mandated there difference between credit report credit score how can i get my credit report without paying how to get a copy of credit report in canada how how do i know if i put a security freeze on my credit report credit reporting agency does bestbuy use get my credit report canada credit card act free credit report do you report credit card companies get report all three bureaus credit scores 3 credit reports experian credit report score all 3 agencies reporting rental history credit report get credit report potential renters how to order experian credit report by mail how can i see a copy of my credit report what is considered a good credit report top 3 report sites personal solutions credit credit report date last activity contesting item your credit report free credit report guide us free credit report website free credit report free credit score same thing how to report debt to credit bureau how to report a tenant to the credit bureau how do i report to a credit bureau free credit score and report without credit card trial free credit report for colorado residents collections credit report medical form to dispute credit report get trw credit report can creditor remove negative credit report reporting settled debt to credit bureaus credit report all three agencies put eviction tenant;s credit report news reporting credit history experian free visa report denied credit free credit report dot com customer service best credit score reporting agency transunion for security reasons your personal credit report is not available online how do i get my free credit report gove how to obtain a free credit report after being denied credit experian credit report 1 time free credit report commercial 2012 lyrics govt required free report credit history contact 3 major credit report agencies write dispute letter credit reporting agency where do i get my free credit report annual best credit reports online the official free credit report government site how to cancel free credit report account how to run a credit report on a potential renter first report on the public credit text three one credit report fico chase mortgage credit reporting department how to freeze all three reports credit bureaus best free report agency credit history how long does collections stay on your credit report free credit report trial free credit reports once a year gov erroneous credit report information wipe your credit report clean how to get your credit score from your credit report how to get free annual credit report online call how do youtube clean up your credit report for free what is the best credit report to get credit report job how can i get free credit report how do i update information on my credit report does public record mean credit report california credit reporting law how do i get my credit report online credit report fair credit reporting act fcra samples credit analysis report can;t get equifax credit report example of credit report after bankruptcy fair credit reporting act credit reporting agency should get annual credit report credit card report examples credit report after 7 years where to send credit report disputes consumer credit report committee equifax form requesting credit report free credit score report usa
Share this page on facebook
Annie’s dressmaker PDF Print E-mail
Written by CAROL POMEDAY   
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 17:04

It was no big deal for Darcy Devens of Grafton to dress the huge cast of the “Annie” production in Port Washington—she’s the costumer for hundreds of amateur andprofessional theatrical performers in southeast Wisconsin

Need an “Annie” costume? How about 50 maid’s aprons or a knight dressed in chain mail? Perhaps the Von Trapp family needs attire.

Call Darcy Devens of Grafton. The woman is a costumer extraordinaire. If she doesn’t have what’s needed in her eclectic collection, she can whip it up in a jiffy or knows where to get it.

This is the busiest season for Devens, who is the wardrobe coordinator for Renaissance Theaterworks in Milwaukee and several schools in Ozaukee and Milwaukee counties.

Devens recently coordinated 250 costume changes for Thomas Jefferson Middle School’s production of “Annie” in Port Washington.

On Monday, the “Annie” outfits were taken to North Shore Academy of the Arts in Grafton to outfit two Jr. Stagekids casts for the musical that will open Dec. 2.

She is also providing several Renaissance costumes for the Port Washington High School vocal music department’s madrigal dinner this weekend.

Devens outfitted about 100 students for “Bye, Bye, Birdie” at John Long Middle School in Grafton the first weekend in November. She put together the show’s  costumes in two days.

“I knew I had the skirts and pretty much knew where I could pull things from,” Devens said. “I really liked it and it cost them zero dollars. I got great costume help from parents.”

Devens is going through her “Suessical” costumes in preparation for Sussex Hamilton High School’s production in January.   

In addition, Devens worked on Renaissance Theaterworks    production of “Gorgons,” a Bette Davis and Joan Crawford spoof that ran from Oct. 13 through Nov. 6, and is meeting with costume designers on the next play, “Neat,” which opens Jan. 13.

Devens also completed a bridal gown and dress for the groom’s mother last week.

Last Saturday, she donned her Jolly the Elf costume and walked in the Grafton Christmas parade, collecting letters for Santa. Her son Eric, 24, was the Cookie Monster. Devens intended to make a Fozzy the Bear costume for Eric, but didn’t have time. This was their fourth year in the parade.

Devens also rented her costumes for “Sound of Music” to University School in River Hills for its production.

“At this time of the year, I’m so busy, I don’t have time to put anything away,” Devens said.

Rather than be exhausted, Devens seems to thrive on the chaos and is happiest when she’s elbow deep in fabric and pulling out embellishments from a bin with a hot-glue gun in hand.

Her dining room has been turned into a wardrobe room. Racks are filled with clothes ranging from vintage dresses to poodle skirts. Cartons of costumes and props are stacked several layers high and clothing is draped over mirrors and piled on an ironing board.

It looks disorganized, but Devens knows what’s on the racks and readily pulled a wide leather carpenter’s belt from a bag to complete a knight’s outfit for the madrigal dinner. She added a sheath to the belt to hold a sword.

The  knight will wear what looks like chain mail but is really hand-knit boat roping dyed to resemble metal. She pulled back the tunic to show the chain mail was attached to a T-shirt so it would be comfortable for the actor.

“The boys love wearing it, especially when they get the sword,” Devens said.

“You have to recycle and reuse everything. Nothing gets thrown away. Old things are my friends.”

Much of her collection is donated by people who learn she can use their castoffs — from ripped lace tablecloths to prom dresses and men’s suits.

When she discovered she needed to outfit 50 servants in “Annie,” she took an old lace tablecloth and cut it into aprons. The chorus wore black leotards and tops and quick-changed several times.

For a production of “Mulan,” she made kimonos from bed sheets.    

Devens has been sewing and doing alterations for years, but it wasn’t until she and her three children moved from Oshkosh to Grafton shortly after her husband died in 1996 that she became involved with outfitting actors.

“My son Adam volunteered me. He said, ‘My mom sews and she would probably like to be involved,’” Devens said.

That was for Grafton High School’s production of “The Sound of Music.” Donna Moore was the costume coordinator who guided volunteers.

“She wanted me to do Captain Von Trapp,” Devens said. “I told her I couldn’t do that, but she insisted. I had so much fun, I said, ‘Sign me up for next year.’”

Devens volunteered for several years, then took over for Moore when she retired and the list of school jobs expanded.

Grafton’s musical director encouraged Devens to pursue a professional career. She interviewed for the job of wardrobe coordinator with the Milwaukee Shakespeare Theater and was hired that afternoon.

“I was tickled to death that I was going to get paid to do what I love, and paid good,” Devens said. “It was so much fun. I was so fortunate to get that job. It’s difficult to break into theater, but once you’re in, you’re in.”

Devens was the wardrobe coordinator for Milwaukee Shakespeare for four years, until it closed in 2008. The knight costumes were made for those productions. Devens then joined Renaissance Theaterworks.

“I’ve worked with costume designers from New York, Chicago and Washington, D.C., and I had to manage the budget and keep them in check,” she said. “I got to go to New York twice and went to Mood (fabric store) in the garment district. I couldn’t believe I was there.”

But Devens doesn’t want to give  up working with schools. She studied to be a teacher, but quit before she got her degree. This is even better, she said.

“Being able to go back and work with all these different levels (of students) is wonderful,” she said. “I love working with the madrigal group. Some of the seniors I’ve known since they were at Thomas Jefferson.

“With the schools, you can throw things together at the last minute. As long as it looks good on stage, no one cares what it looks like inside.

“With professional productions, you’re continually fine-turning things. It has to look as good inside as outside. I can bring that knowledge to the schools. It’s nice doing both.”

In the years of costuming students, her children were never on stage. Adam, who lives in Oshkosh and has three children, was in band, but Eric and her daughter Emma weren’t interested. Emma, a history major at DePaul University in Chicago, is studying in Prague this semester. Eric is the stage manager for John Long productions.

Devens likes to bring her three grandchildren, ages 3 to 6, to rehearsals for school productions.

“They think it’s the coolest thing,” she said. “I’m hoping they’ll show an interest and go up on stage.”

Devens, who has several other part-time jobs to supplement her income, loves her theater role.

“It’s the best job,” she said. “It’s long hours, especially during tech week when it’s 10 to 12-hour days. Sometimes, you’re getting paid a dollar an hour, sometimes it’s pennies per hour, but it’s the best. I really, really love doing it.”

Comments (0)Add Comment

Write comment
You must be logged in to post a comment. Please register if you do not have an account yet.