I walked into Hale Theatre a few days ago and came across this display advertising their impressive costume closet and rental possibilities. Immediately a wave of memories came over me. This dress? It's my "Mabel" dress! Last summer I came down to search through Hale's costume closet looking for the perfect Mabel dress. My director and the costume designer came with me. Also Dayne, my "Frederic", who too wanted input on what I would be wearing. (Heaven forbid I wear something hideous! At one rehearsal the costume designer had me try on a dress that she and the director thought was perfect. I wasn't overly thrilled about it myself but what nixed it was Dayne's reaction when I walked out. "No!" he said. "I can't fall in love with that dress!" Which led to our trip to Hale. But I digress.)
Needless to say, I tried on numerous dresses and finally came across this one which ended up being THE DRESS. The rest of the cast oohed and aahed the first time I came on stage in it. The sleeves were awesome and the dress twirled beautifully...important because twirling was something I did a lot of! Countless rehearsals, performances and memories later the dress went back to Hale. Never did I think I'd see it again. So what random fun to run into it again while at Hale to see "The Three Musketeers." I wonder if I'll ever see it on stage. Hale is doing "The Pirates of Penzance" this summer. I wonder if they'll deem it the perfect Mabel dress like we did.