Ühlingen-Birkendorf: The costumes and props for the open-air theater are made with love to the smallest detail

The training weekend in the monastery garden in Riedern am Wald is bustling with activity. July 29 is the premiere of the new edition of the open-air theater “Between Two Worlds”.

Performance is slightly shortened overall. A scene from 2019 will be deleted, and a new one will be added. The kids have all gone out of fashion in the three years since the last shows and there are a few alternatives.

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Since 2019, children from the open theater “Between Worlds”, such as Rosalie and Magnus, have outgrown their costumes and put on new clothes. | Photo: Ursula Ortlieb

Therefore, new costumes were needed. One can vaguely imagine the amount of work behind it. In addition to memorizing scripts, actors are also active in teams. Costumes, props, and landscapes are discussed and attributed to the last detail, according to the original period from 1850 to 1880 and theater locations in Rydern, Le Havre, and New Orleans. All articles come with director Corina Vogt. She strives for perfection and can count on her people.

sewing team

There is Friedel Kamler, for example. Since 2019, she and Edith Bruegel have met three times a week in the club’s sewing workshop. It has been cut, sewed, tried and altered again as often as possible. “I haven’t done anything else lately,” Friedel Kamler says with a smile.

The sewing team is pleased with their successful work.  They have 25 costumes and over 100 individual pieces since their last performance.  ...

The sewing team is pleased with their successful work. They have 25 costumes and over 100 individual pieces since their last performance. manufacturer. From left: Brunhilde Romotzki, Dagmar Schuler, Marianne Werber, Friedel Kammler, Claudia Keizer, Edith Brogle. | Photo: Zeitschleuse Theater Association

Four other women from the tailoring team organized themselves during the shutdowns so there was no downtime. Claudia Kaiser, Dagmar Schuler, Brunhild Romotsky, and Marian Weber took the work home and brought back the finished parts.

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“Mary’s wedding dress is Friedel Kamler’s masterpiece,” Corinna Vogt enthuses. ‘We got so much done and enjoyed it, otherwise we wouldn’t have done it. Fittings are exciting – sometimes stressful,’ says the head of the tailoring team.

Friedel Kamler with her masterpiece, Marie's wedding dress at the play

Friedel Kamler with her masterpiece, Marie’s Wedding Dress in the new production’s “Between Two Worlds”. | Photo: Ursula Ortlieb

Some actors and extras have as many as eight different costumes. Everything does not always fit. Then it is up to changing, touching and distributing clothes.

Costumes, gowns, and wigs for the actors are brought to the monastery.  Tanya Meyer and Ank Hopper Bring Props to...

Costumes, gowns, and wigs for the actors are brought to the monastery. Tanya Mayer and Ank Hopper bring the cast’s props to the monastery, where they can stay until performances. All parts are numbered and indexed. From left: Tanya Mayer and Ank Hopper

25 new outfits and more than 100 individual items such as sweaters, aprons, jackets and more add to the theater association’s impressive collection, which has been numbered and cataloged by Marianne Weber.

Props team

Anke Huber from Reckingen is in charge of the props team. As a visitor to the open-air theaters in hlingen and Riedern, she contracted the “theater virus” and is now a fan of it. Among other things, she and Tanya Meyer of Birau purchased other rare items for the scene.

As for the props in the open-air theater, they adhered enthusiastically and with a lot of perseverance.  From left: Waltraud Kromer, Anke Huber, ...

As for the props in the open-air theater, they adhered enthusiastically and with a lot of perseverance. From left: Waltraud Kromer, Anke Huber, Marianne Weber, Friedrich Werner, Tanja Mayer, Wolfgang Böhler and Elke Kromer.

Tanya Mayer traveled to Bremerhaven to visit the immigration center there. With new ideas in her bag, she was able to implement many things. Among other things, the props team also prepares clothing items for used and real items.

“That’s what Hubert did” is often said of the wooden elements in and around the ship. This refers to Hubert Rombach, who uses his artistic expertise to the Theater Society. Stage design and costumes alone are a feast for the eyes.

Props also include a chariot that Andreas Meyer, aka O'Hara, brought to the monastery garden.

Props also include a chariot that Andreas Meyer, aka O’Hara, brought to the monastery garden. | Photo: Ursula Ortlieb

Now it’s time for the hot phase of training. The text and presentation should match. Since it won’t be quite the same performance as in 2019, a visit to Between Worlds 2022 should definitely be worthwhile.

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